February 4th, Naperville city council member Patty Gustin announced she was running as a Republican for a seat on the DuPage County Board in District 5 in the June 28th primary. Now, exactly one month later March 4th, another Naperville city council member, Jennifer Bruzan Taylor, announced she is running as a Republican for state representative in the 41st District in the June 28th primary. She joins council member, Paul Leong, also looking to escape the Naperville city council by running for the Illinois House 81st District. If any win their primary, they would run in the November 8th election.
Taylor has been on the city council less than one year, barely enough time for a second cup of coffee. Four council members were elected to the council in 2021, with Taylor coming in fourth place, beating the 5th place candidate by a mere 57 votes: far from a strong vote of confidence.
When Taylor ran for city council, she had a laundry list of commitments to voters including:
- Promote local business
- Protect public safety
- Responsible development
- Keep Naperville moving forward
- Ensue everyone has their voice heard
- Make Naperville prosperous
- Protect small business and help them survive
- Create new public/private partnerships to invest in local business
- Create uses for empty store fronts
- Address traffic issues
- Advocate for attainable housing
- Reduce permit and impact fees
- Increase the number of staff in the police department
- Insure NPD has the equipment they need
This list may have helped her get elected to the council, however if Taylor is unable to defend accomplishing this list, it likely will prevent her from getting elected as a state representative.
Taylor has narrowed her focus on this upcoming campaign to three issues:
- Reforming the Department of Children and Family Services
- Public safety
- The economy
The best way to predict the future is to look at the past. Taylor can’t rely on what she said she was going to do, if she hasn’t done it.