Freeport, Illinois — Freeport city alderman Andrew Chesney announced last week his candidacy for the Illinois General Assembly. The 35-year-old Republican from Freeport hopes to replace current State Representative Brian Stewart who announced earlier this week that he will seek a seat in the Illinois State Senate in 2018.
“My family, my home, my church, my business, all my priorities are focused here in northwest Illinois,” said Chesney. “I want to make sure that the opportunities that I have been afforded in this part of Illinois are available for generations to come. Northwest Illinois has been under attack for decades in the General Assembly as Chicago politicians continue to push their failed policies. Luckily we’ve had consistent and strong voices serving our priorities. I will continue on with the great work of Jim Sacia and Brian Stewart and be that voice for our communities in the 89th District.”
Chesney is the current Alderman-At-Large of the Freeport City Council, a position to which he was elected in 2015. Chesney’s achievements in offi ce are characterized by his focus on effi cient, responsive, and supportive government. They include: re-prioritizing city funding for public infrastructure, blight reduction, and law enforcement in Freeport; streamlining and improving city services; amending city policies that inhibit economic development and property improvements; and reducing fees and taxes.
“We’ve made great strides over the past two years in changing how Freeport’s government operates,” says Chesney. “It’s that same commitment to change, progress, and working together to solve problems that I want to take with me to Springfi eld.”
Born in Freeport and raised in Shannon, Illinois, Chesney is a 2000 graduate of Eastland High School in Lanark and a 2004 cum laude graduate of Arizona State University. He is a division sales manager with Seaga Manufacturing—a worldwide vending machine manufacturer in Freeport. Chesney is the current chairman of the Stephenson County Republican Central Committee and past board member of RAMP (Regional Access Mobilization Project)—an organization that provides support services and advocacy for people with disabilities.
Andrew and his wife Kelly live in Freeport. Both are small business owners.
The 89th Illinois House District is made up of parts of Carroll, Jo Daviess, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside, and Winnebago Counties.