LEAP Forward is happy to announce its slate of Illinois state House endorsements for the 2018 cycle. All of these candidates received perfect 100% scores for their work on gun control legislation during the 2017 legislative session and deserve reelection so they can continue their important work fighting for regulations that will make the people of Illinois safer.
Rep. Sonya Harper (District 6) does not face Republican opposition next November, but has drawn a March 20th primary opponent. Harper faced a similar situation to hold her seat in 2016 and won a four-way primary with 33% of the vote. Harper is, along with Michelle Mussman, our highest rated legislator on the ballot, having taken eight separate actions on graded legislation in the Illinois House.
Rep. Robyn Gabel (District 18), a 7 year incumbent representing Evanston and the Chicago Metro. Gabel has held her district against GOP opponents by wide margins in 2012 and 2016, and ran unopposed in 2014. She is outspoken gun control advocate, telling local news outlet North Daily Shore that she "...support[s] all measures to control guns and promote gun safety as one of the steadfast voices for legislation to reduce gun violence in Springfield." We couldn't agree more.
Rep. Marty Moylan (District 55) authored legislation in the wake of the Las Vegas massacre to ban bump stock devices in Illinois. It was defeated by a coalition of Republicans and rural Democrats. His opponent owns a concealed-carry clothing line, so expect gun regulation to be a central point of this campaign. Moylan won his last race by 19 points, but had closer elections in 2014 and 2012.
Rep. Anna Moeller (District 43) faces her first general election challenge since she won by 20 points in 2014. She supported legislation to ensure licensing of gun stores, ban assault weapons, and voted in favor of Rep. Moylan's bump stock legislation.
Rep. Deb Conroy (District 46) is seeking her third term representing parts of Cook and Kane counties in the state House. After defeating the same candidate in 2014 and 2016 by increasing margins, Republicans have lined up two new candidates in an attempt to take the seat, including a former US House candidate. Conroy is a high-profile endorsee of GPAC Illinois.
Jonathan Carroll (District 57) is participating in his first campaign for state House, having been appointed to the chamber in October of 2017. Even in his short time in office, Carroll has earned a perfect 100% score while amassing six positive actions on graded legislation.
Michelle Mussman (District 56) has been a standout for gun control during her tenure in the House, is an endorsee of GPAC Illinois, and was right at the top of our scorecard for her work during the 2017 session. Her 2016 opponent (whom Mussman defeated by 12 points) has filed to run again, as has a member of the Illinois School Board. Mussman is one of the most important members of the Illinois House when it comes to gun regulation, and Democrats should do everything they can to ensure she wins another term.