Schneider pulls away for victory in 10th
Updated: March 29, 2012 3:39PM
Brad Schneider and Ilya Sheyman battled neck-in-neck for much of Tuesday night in the race for the Democratic candidate representing the 10th Congressional District. In the end, Schneider won handily in Lake and Cook counties to tally an unofficial victory, 47 percent to 39 percent for Sheyman.
With some early voting and absentee ballots still to be tabulated, Schneider finished with 7,867 votes in Lake County, or 45 percent, to Sheyman’s 7,021, or 41 percent. In Cook County, the results leaned even more heavily in Schneider’s favor. Schneider won 4,585 -- or 51 percent -- of the vote, to Sheyman’s 3,133, or 35 percent of the vote.
Lagging far behind in the race were John Tree, 45, of Long Grove with 1,520 votes, or 9 percent in Lake County and 632 votes, or 7 percent, in Cook County; and Vivek Bavda, 34, of Mundelein with 890 votes, or 5 percent, in Lake County and 655 votes, or 7 percent, in Cook County.
Schneider, 50, of Deerfield next will face incumbent Congressman Robert Dold (R-Kenilworth) in November in the redrawn 10th Congressional District.
“It’s time for Congress to start focusing on middle-class families again,” Schneider said in a statement. “After two short years, Congressman Bob Dold has forgotten who he is supposed to fight for. He would rather spend his time defunding Planned Parenthood, shutting down the federal government, and fighting to end Medicare as we know it.
“Tonight, I congratulate Vivek Bavda, Ilya Sheyman, and John Tree on a great campaign and wish them well,” Schneider said.
Bavda said Tuesday night that he will support Schneider in his bid for Congress.
“Brad will have my every ounce of effort. I want to beat Bob Dold and I will help Brad do so,” Bavda said.
Though he lagged in the voting, Bavda said he was proud of the campaign he ran.
“My issues are still relevant to the voters -- creating jobs, education and breaking up the big banks. I look forward to seeing next blue Congressman achieve those ends.”
In the last few weeks, the four-man race came down to Schneider and Sheyman, 25, of Waukegan, both sparring to have the chance to run against Dold, who was first elected to represent the district in Washington D.C. in 2010.
The new 10th District, redrawn to reflect the 2010 U.S. Census, shifts north to the Wisconsin border, northwest to the Round Lake communities and Glencoe on the south.