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Biss will try again for state house

Daniel Biss of Evanston has decided to make a second run for the Illinois house district that includes northwest Evanston.


Daniel Biss of Evanston has decided to make a second run for the Illinois house district that includes northwest Evanston.

Biss, a Democrat who raised and spent more than $430,000 in an unsuccessful bid to dislodge long-time Republican Rep. Elzabeth Coulson in 2008, won’t have to face the incumbent again.

Coulson, who defeated Biss by a 52-48 percent margin, has decided to make a run instead to replace 10th District U.S. Rep. Mark Kirk, a fellow Republican who’s making a race for the U.S. Senate.

In announcing has candidacy yesterday, Biss said he plans to run again on a platform of seeking political reform, fiscal responsibility and support for schools.

Biss raised nearly a third of the money for the 2008 race for the 17th District seat through Act Blue, a national fundraising site for Democratic candidates, and he’s already using it to raise funds for next year’s race.

Biss, the president of the Democratic Party of Evanston, until recently was an assistant professor of mathmatics at the University of Chicago and was among the campaign workers for Elizabeth Tisdahl’s race for mayor of Evanston this year. He has a doctorate from MIT and an undergraduate degree from Harvard University.

He and his wife, Karin Steinbrueck, have a one year old son, Elliot.

The 17th District includes northwest Evanston, generally west of Ewing Avenue, and stretches generally northwest from there, including most of Glenview.

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