Geneva attorney Ugaste declares bid for House seat
Geneva attorney Dan Ugaste has thrown his hat into the ring again in the hopes of claiming the House seat he vied for in 2014, according to a press release.
Ugaste, who lost a close Republican primary race to Rep. Steve Andersson (R-Geneva) in 2014, will now try to succeed the former House floor leader, who has declared his intention to retire at the end of his term.
"The ever increasing tax and fee burden on Illinois companies and individuals is driving businesses and people out of Illinois," Ugaste said. "The total tax burden in Illinois is one of the highest in the nation."
Ugaste said the recent 32 percent increase in state personal and corporate income taxes -- which Andersson supported -- prompted his decision to run again. Andersson was asked to resign from his House floor leader post shortly after casting his vote for the increase, which passed with the backing of 14 other GOP members and all Democrats.
According to the press release, Kane County residents will now be forced to pay a total of $223 million more in taxes every year.
"Taxpayers in every community in the 65th District will be asked to sacrifice more, including St. Charles ($1,769 per year), Geneva ($1,275), West Elgin ($1,023), Batavia ($1,008), Pingree Grove ($802), Hampshire ($802) and Huntley ($667)," the release said. "We will all pay more, getting nothing in return."
Ugaste is married and has three daughters and three grandchildren, according to the release.