Jeanne Ives has filed the federal paperwork necessary to run for Congress.
Ives’ decision to jump into the race sets up a potential Republican primary in the 6th Congressional District with Evelyn Sanguinetti, the former lieutenant governor, who announced her candidacy in April.
The winner of the Republican primary would face freshman Sean Casten, who was elected to Congress in 2018 after defeating veteran U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam.
Sanguinetti criticized Casten for “cozying up to progressives and socialists in support of increased taxes and expanded government" when she announced her intention to run and has attacked him for not representing the interests of the district.
So far, Sanguinetti has picked up the endorsements of several key Republicans including U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Channahon; former U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk; former U.S. Rep Judy Biggert of Hinsdale; former Lt. Gov. Corinne Wood; and DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin.
Ives, 54, is a former member of the Illinois House of Represetatives. She lost the 2018 Republican gubernatorial primary to Governor Bruce Rauner, garnering 48.47 percent of the vote.
Ives is a West Point graduate and the mother of five.
Both Ives and Sanguinetti have served as members of the Wheaton City Council.