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ENDORSEMENT: Ken Mejia-Beal for Illinois House in 42nd District

Mejia-Beal has worked in DuPage County Democratic politics and on lobbying campaigns for non-profit Howard Brown Health.

Ken Mejia-Beal is endorsed by the Sun-Times in the Illinois House 42nd District general election.
The Sun-Times endorses Democrat Ken Mejia-Beal for Illinois House in the 42nd District.
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We don’t know what Republican state Rep. Amy Grant meant when she made a point, in a recorded phone call with a potential donor, of describing her opponent as someone who wants “to work for the chronically ill.”

Was it a neutral observation? Or a snarky put-down of her challenger, Democrat Ken Mejia-Beal? Who knows?

But concern for the less fortunate and a desire to help the underdog are, in our view, pretty good qualities for a potential legislator. Mejia-Beal, a financial manager from Lisle, has those qualities and a track record of community activism, including lobbying campaigns for Howard Brown Health and the NAACP. He has our endorsement in this election.

Mejia-Beal would be a first-time elected official, while Grant is the incumbent and has served on the DuPage County Board. Still, she hasn’t really accomplished much in two years. And then there were those troubling phone calls, on which she made disparaging comments about Mejia-Beal, who is Black and gay. Grant has apologized, but we’re moving on, endorsing Mejia-Beal.

Illinois House 42nd District map
Illustration by Caroline Hurley

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