Candidate Name: Dani Brzozowski
What office are you running for?
United States House of Representatives, Illinois’ 16th district
With which party are you running for office?
Primary-March 17th, 2020. General-November 3rd, 2020.
Why are you running for office?
All around me, I see good people, people I care about, struggling to make ends meet, affected by D.C. politics that seem so far removed from their influence but that so critically change their lives, and I’m committed to doing whatever it takes to get them the social, economic, and political justice they deserve. I want to represent my home in Congress because I want to empower the people who live here — people who’ve been robbed of their voices, left behind, disenfranchised.
What is the biggest issue facing your community and how do you propose helping?
It is difficult to narrow it down to one issue, but the issue that come up the most as I travel the district is healthcare. Healthcare costs are bankrupting families throughout the country. Over the course of the next ten years, health care costs in the United States are expected to rise by $45,000,000,000,000. That’s 45 TRILLION DOLLARS. That’s unsustainable. It’s ridiculous. Medicare for All is the solution. It’s often said that Medicare for All is too expensive, but the complicated web of private insurers, unregulated prescription drug costs, and employer-driven healthcare programs is already prohibitively expensive. We can’t afford what we are doing now. Healthcare is a human right. No family should be bankrupt because of a health care crisis.
How do we fix the partisan divide in our country and start working together again?
We fix the partisan divide by reaching out to anyone who is willing to come to the table in good faith, and by enacting campaign finance reform. I am a proud progressive Democrat. Obviously I believe that the Democratic Party has better solutions than the Republican Party to the problems facing our country. However, I believe that having good faith conversations with those across the aisle is important to a thriving democracy. Gun violence is a prime example of where we should be working together. The vast majority of Americans agree that we should have extensive background checks for all firearm transactions. However, because of the stranglehold that the NRA has on certain politicians, a background check bill that passed the House has not yet been brought up for a vote in the Senate. Corporations, lobbyists, and the politicians who follow their marching orders are the main reason we see a stagnant Washington that fails to represent the majority of Americans.
Who is your hero?
What are your hobbies?
I enjoy running, reading, and yoga.
What is the most recent book you read?
I am currently reading “Conversations with Friends” by Sally Rooney after reading and LOVING “Normal People.”
Do you have any kids/pets/talking houseplants?
I have 2 children and 2 cats.
How can our readers get involved in your campaign?
They can head to our website (daniforillinois.com) to sign up receive constant updates from the campaign and hear about volunteer opportunities.
What question do you wish we’d asked, and what is your answer?
I wish you would have asked about the issues facing organized labor.
My answer would have been that organized labor is the backbone of the economy in districts like the 16th. Good union jobs are, for so many families, the pinnacle of success, offering people economic security, stability, and the guarantee of good working conditions. Our district is lucky to still have a good amount of union jobs.
I’ll be fighting not only to preserve and protect the hard-fought rights of unions, but to expand those rights, broadening union membership and further empowering unions to negotiate with employers. The United States has created an economic system that pits workers against the interests of corporations and the very wealthy; unions are the best mechanism we have to interrupt that dynamic and take power back for the people whose daily hard work props up profits.
I’m for protecting Davis-Bacon, creating federal legislation for collective bargaining, banning so-called Right to Work laws, and advocating for a full repeal of Taft-Hartley. Taft-Hartley made so many of the rollbacks of workers’ rights possible and, though we can continue to chip away at it, a full repeal is our most effective option for taking a stand against the assault on workers.
Post created from answers submitted by candidate to our Meet the Candidate survey.
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