Hebein's 35th District House campaign to cut taxes, waste derailed by Tuesday's loss
GOP state House candidate Herbert Hebein lost his bid for a seat in the Illinois House of Representatives Tuesday, capturing just 32 percent of the vote against incumbent Rep. Frances Hurley (D-Mt. Greenwood), with 68 percent.
Hebein received 13,497 votes to Hurley’s 28,730 votes, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
Hebein waged an outsider campaign, drawing on his years as a Chicago police officer. In a candidate video posted on the Chicago Sun-Times website, Hebein, said he was running “to stop the taxes, spending and waste in government,” and pledged to introduce a 10 percent across-the board spending cut.
“Otherwise, we’ll never get out of this problem,” he said in the video.
Hurley, a General Assembly member for five years, ran under the slogan “fighting to protect middle class families in Illinois,” according to her website. She drew endorsements from the FOP Lodge 7, AFL-CIO IBEW Local 134 and the Illinois Nurses Association.
In contrast to Hebein’s economic focus, Hurley listed a number of social issues, including protection for domestic violence victims, access for people with disabilities and law enforcement reform.
On Facebook, Hebein expressed gratitude, saying, “it was a great run” and “thank you friends and family for your support.”