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Waukegan Democrat is Early Dold Challenger

Ilya Sheyman declares candidacy for still undrawn congressional district.

A community organizer from Waukegan became the first Democrat to declare his candidacy for the state's 10th Congressional District on Wednesday.

 announced that he will pursue his party’s nomination to oppose  in the 2012 general election. 

Though he and Dold may not live when the redistricting process is completed, Sheyman said he was compelled to start his effort now. 

“I can’t afford to wait until [the map] is drawn to stand up for real challenges to the American dream we are facing,” Sheyman said. 

Similar goals, different strategies

Sheyman and Dold both want to strengthen the economy, create jobs and slash the federal deficit. However, they see different paths to achieving those goals. 

Sheyman wants to eliminate the Bush-era tax cuts and pass legislation to foster job growth. Dold wants to stimulate employment through the private sector and leave tax rates relatively unchanged.

One area of agreement is that both would cut spending. 

“During my first 100 days of Congress, I have been focused on creating private sector jobs and reining in out-of-control spending in Washington so we can leave America better for our children and grandchildren,” Dold said Wednesday.

Sheyman blames the costs of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, fought on the heels of the Bush-era tax cuts, for the large budget deficit the country faces. His first spending cut would be to end those conflicts where “America no longer has a security interest.” 

He would also legislate more jobs. 

“I will pass a jobs bill that will put Americans back to work,” Sheyman said. “Congress should step in and direct the Small Business Administration to fulfill its mission and lend directly to small businesses who will create jobs."

Dold opposes increasing revenue by letting the Bush-era tax cuts expire. Though raising taxes are against his political bent,  he would rule nothing out in working with Democrats to bring spending under control. He still emphasizes working with Democrats. 

“I have been pleased to work with members from across the aisle on issues of importance to the 10th District and will continue to work in a bipartisan manner to offer solutions to the issues we face,” he said. 

When Sheyman began his exploratory effort, he put a mechanism on his website to gauge support and potential fundraising prowess. He explained he has pledges of financial support in excess of $100,000. 

“There was a place [on the website] for people to give their contact information and pledge donations up to the legal limit,” Sheyman said.

Now he has to make calls and ask for the funds. 

Dold is off to a fast start with his re-election fundraising. One of the top freshman fundraisers, he collected $310,899 before the quarter ended March 31, according to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission (FEC). 

Sheyman’s first report with the FEC will be due July 15.

Born in 1986 in Moscow, Sheyman moved to Chicago with his family in 1991. The Sheymans moved to Buffalo Grove when Ilya was 12. He graduated from and McGill University in Montreal with a degree in history and political science. He has been an organizer with both Democracy for America and MoveOn.org. 

Redistricting may affect race

In the last six general elections that saw two geographic iterations of the 10th District, four have been very close. Changes were made to the constituency in 2002 after the 2000 Census count cost Illinois a seat in Congress just as the 2010 statistics will now. The result will add more people and alter the district's boundaries, which will happen before the 2012 elections as state lawmakers redraw the legislative maps. 

In 2000, current Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) narrowly defeated former  for the 10th District seat. Though Kirk was re-elected easily in 2002 and 2004, he had close races in 2006 and 2008 against Wilmette business consultant Dan Seals. 

Dold, , recently told Patch he expects another close race. 

“This is a great district and the race will be competitive as it always has been,” he said last week. 

Andrea Johnson May 26, 2011 at 01:49 PM
Hey Deep Dish, do you drive an SUV? 90 percent of the town you live in drives a gas guzzling polluting car, but do you complain about what health issues that may be causing? Probably not. Fracking may need to stop, I agree, but perhaps you should look in your own back yard at everyday things millions are polluting with. The air around here sucks. And you and everyone else contributes to this.
Deadcatbounce May 27, 2011 at 03:12 AM
More on fracking ... Sen. James Inhofe, ranking member on the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, commended Jackson’s honesty. “I have great respect for Lisa Jackson and I always appreciate her honesty,” he said in a statement. “Although we disagree on most issues, when you ask her a question she gives you an honest answer. Over the past two years, I have asked various Obama Administration officials if they know of a single confirmed case of groundwater contamination from these fracked formations and every time the answer is no. Lisa Jackson’s statement today that she does not know of any proven case of water contamination further demonstrates that States are regulating hydraulic fracturing effectively and efficiently, and there is no need for the federal government to step in.”
Jim Turner June 22, 2011 at 08:35 PM
I live in Waukegan, what is it that he is organizing here?
Harlon Katz January 29, 2012 at 07:08 AM
Democrat's have already stated that qualifications don't matter....here is but another example.
Andrew Z. February 07, 2012 at 07:04 PM
It's an old thread, but I'll reply anyway in case if anybody is still following it. I am a Russian immigrant (came to the US in 1991, same as Sheyman) and I'm a strong Dold supporter and a volunteer for his campaign. I'm helping him to get re-elected because my first-hand experience of living in the Soviet Union taught me to despise socialism and value personal and economic freedom. Most of other Russian immigrants share my position, so Dold's Russian Coalition is absolutely real. Mr. Sheyman's problem is not that he lived in the USSR, but that he didn't live in it long enough. He left at the age of 5 or 6, when he could not understand yet how bad it was. Had he spent at least 20 years of his life there, he would probably be voting for Dold now, rather than running against him as a Democrat. Dold reflects the values and ideas of my family, most of my Russian immigrant friends, and most of District 10 voters.

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