OSWEGO – A former Oswego village trustee will be running for office as Illinois State Representative for the 97th district.
Ryan Kauffman, 39, of Oswego announced on Friday, June 21, that he will be a candidate for the seat in the Democratic Party primary election March 17, 2020.
If Kauffman is successful, he will challenge incumbent Mark Batinick, R-Plainfield, in the November 2020 general election.
"It's time for new leadership in the 97th," Kauffman said.
Kauffman, who currently works as a banking senior consultant at Northern Trust Corporation, said he thinks his platform better aligns with what voters care about the most, including adequate funding for education and property tax relief. He said he has two small children that will eventually make their way through the Oswego School District and, like any parent, he wants his children to have the best education possible.
“So funding for schools for programs for all things that schools do is extremely important,” Kauffman said.
If elected, Kauffman said, he would address those issues, along with bringing a Metra station to Kendall County to help relieve traffic congestion and help people come home to their families sooner after work.
Kauffman served as an Oswego village trustee from 2015 to 2019. He lost his seat for re-election during the April 2019 local election.
Kauffman said he has a proven track record to go off of from his time in local office, including having the new police department in Oswego being completed in three years and having the village's property tax rate remain flat during his tenure.
“It’s a track record I’m extremely proud of,” Kauffman said.
Kauffman said there is no set goal for his campaign war chest just yet. He said his fundraising focus is going to be smaller dollar contributions.
“I don’t have the enormous corporate sponsors like Batinick does, but I’m going to see what I can pull together from local residents,” Kauffman said.
Kauffman said he is not aware of anyone else running for the seat as of Friday, June 21.
"Whether there's a primary (race) or not, I guess, remains to be seen," Kauffman said.