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  State rep Beaubein won’t run against Bean [IL-08]
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Last EditedCOSDem  Aug 15, 2005 01:18pm
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CategoryElection Guide
MediaNewspaper - Daily Herald (Suburban Chicago)
News DateMonday, August 15, 2005 07:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionRepublicans in the 8th Congressional District lost another potential high-profile candidate when state Rep. Mark Beaubien decided not to vie for the right to take on Democratic U.S. Rep. Melissa Bean of Barrington.

The veteran lawmaker from Barrington Hills concluded he’s more valuable to his district by continuing to serve as the House Republican budget negotiator in Springfield.

“The state of Illinois is presented with an enormous challenge of responsibly meeting its obligations without increasing the burden on Illinois taxpayers. I cannot in good conscience turn my back on that challenge,” Beaubien said in a statement.

He becomes the latest elected official with a modicum of name recognition to decline to run in the GOP primary next March in the 8th District. The district includes parts of northwest Cook, western Lake and eastern McHenry counties.

Before Beaubien, state Sen. Pam Althoff of McHenry, state Rep. Paul Froehlich of Schaumburg and Cook County Republican Chairman Gary Skoien of Inverness, among others, all decided not to try to challenge Bean.
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