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Dold, Hickory fille to challenge Schneider for Illinois 10th District

Updated: February 3, 2014 3:44PM

Three candidates filed for the 10th District Congressional seat by Monday’s 5 p.m. deadline, with former Congressman Bob Dold hoping to reclaim in November 2014 the seat he lost to U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider (D-10th) two years earlier.

But first Schneider will have to beat Arlene Hickory of Lake Bluff, who also filed as a Democratic candidate, in the General Primary on Tuesday, March 18.

Dold was the only Republican who filed to run for the north suburban congressional district.

Schneider, a Deerfield Democrat, narrowly defeated one-time Congressman Dold in 2012, earning 2,400 more votes out of the 200,000 cast. He was the first Democrat in decades to win the 10th District when it was redrawn and shifted north after the 2010 U.S. Census.

The 10th district extends from the Wisconsin border, northwest to the Round Lake communities and covers the North Shore from Lake Forest to Glencoe, and west through Lincolnshire, Vernon Hills, Buffalo Grove and Lake Zurich. The district also includes parts of Glenview and Northbrook.

Hickory, who describes herself as a progressive Democrat, has not held political office before and lost her bid for the Lake County Board 21st District seat last November to longtime incumbent Ann Maine of Lincolnshire.

Hickory points to protecting Social Security, moving the Affordable Care Act to Medicare for all, increasing the minimum wage and capping student loan interest rates as key issues in the race.

“Right now, a lot of issues are national, not just local,” Hickory said. “We’re all one at this point. It’s a solidarity issue.”

In 2012, Schneider — a political newcomer at the time — emerged from a field of five Democratic contenders to run against Dold, of Kenilworth, who won the seat in 2010.

Four years earlier, Dold similarly emerged from a field of five Republican candidates to win a matchup against Democrat Dan Seals.

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