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Waukegan Democrat is Early Dold Challenger

Ilya Sheyman declares candidacy for still undrawn congressional district.

A community organizer from Waukegan became the first Democrat to declare his candidacy for the state's 10th Congressional District on Wednesday.

 announced that he will pursue his party’s nomination to oppose  in the 2012 general election. 

Though he and Dold may not live when the redistricting process is completed, Sheyman said he was compelled to start his effort now. 

“I can’t afford to wait until [the map] is drawn to stand up for real challenges to the American dream we are facing,” Sheyman said. 

Similar goals, different strategies

Sheyman and Dold both want to strengthen the economy, create jobs and slash the federal deficit. However, they see different paths to achieving those goals. 

Sheyman wants to eliminate the Bush-era tax cuts and pass legislation to foster job growth. Dold wants to stimulate employment through the private sector and leave tax rates relatively unchanged.

One area of agreement is that both would cut spending. 

“During my first 100 days of Congress, I have been focused on creating private sector jobs and reining in out-of-control spending in Washington so we can leave America better for our children and grandchildren,” Dold said Wednesday.

Sheyman blames the costs of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, fought on the heels of the Bush-era tax cuts, for the large budget deficit the country faces. His first spending cut would be to end those conflicts where “America no longer has a security interest.” 

He would also legislate more jobs. 

“I will pass a jobs bill that will put Americans back to work,” Sheyman said. “Congress should step in and direct the Small Business Administration to fulfill its mission and lend directly to small businesses who will create jobs."

Dold opposes increasing revenue by letting the Bush-era tax cuts expire. Though raising taxes are against his political bent,  he would rule nothing out in working with Democrats to bring spending under control. He still emphasizes working with Democrats. 

“I have been pleased to work with members from across the aisle on issues of importance to the 10th District and will continue to work in a bipartisan manner to offer solutions to the issues we face,” he said. 

When Sheyman began his exploratory effort, he put a mechanism on his website to gauge support and potential fundraising prowess. He explained he has pledges of financial support in excess of $100,000. 

“There was a place [on the website] for people to give their contact information and pledge donations up to the legal limit,” Sheyman said.

Now he has to make calls and ask for the funds. 

Dold is off to a fast start with his re-election fundraising. One of the top freshman fundraisers, he collected $310,899 before the quarter ended March 31, according to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission (FEC). 

Sheyman’s first report with the FEC will be due July 15.

Born in 1986 in Moscow, Sheyman moved to Chicago with his family in 1991. The Sheymans moved to Buffalo Grove when Ilya was 12. He graduated from and McGill University in Montreal with a degree in history and political science. He has been an organizer with both Democracy for America and MoveOn.org. 

Redistricting may affect race

In the last six general elections that saw two geographic iterations of the 10th District, four have been very close. Changes were made to the constituency in 2002 after the 2000 Census count cost Illinois a seat in Congress just as the 2010 statistics will now. The result will add more people and alter the district's boundaries, which will happen before the 2012 elections as state lawmakers redraw the legislative maps. 

In 2000, current Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) narrowly defeated former  for the 10th District seat. Though Kirk was re-elected easily in 2002 and 2004, he had close races in 2006 and 2008 against Wilmette business consultant Dan Seals. 

Dold, , recently told Patch he expects another close race. 

“This is a great district and the race will be competitive as it always has been,” he said last week. 

GrossPoint April 29, 2011 at 01:30 AM
I will give this to Mr. Sheyman, he is not Dan Seals.
Deadcatbounce April 29, 2011 at 03:16 AM
Another community organizer. What kind of job is that! These people are so full of themselves. They want to tell people what to do as politicians or agitators and make us dependent on the government for their livelihood. Get a real job sonny.
Deep Dish Pizza April 29, 2011 at 04:40 AM
Attack a Jewish Russian immigrant for being patriotic enough to want to serve our beautiful country by running for Congress. Brilliant strategy Dold supporters! I love how Dold lists a "Russian Coalition" of supposed supporters on his website but then his conservative attack poodles think they're helping Dold by slamming a Jewish Russian immigrant. This guy Ilya clearly has more patriotism in his thumb than all y'all combined.
Deep Dish Pizza April 29, 2011 at 04:54 AM
Lies from Dold: * "pro-choice / supports women's health" -- he made a big deal on voting against some random meaningless amendment and then did a dog and pony show speech on the House floor to give himself a sheen of "pro-choice". But when it came to brass tacks Dold still voted to COMPLETELY defund women's health issues in the final Greedy Ol Pranksters finance bill -- the one that actually counts * "I'm more conservative than I let on" -- well that wasn't a lie but he only whispered it in the ears of tea partiers , didn't say it too loud did he? * "successful business man" -- his parents handed him a house and a six-figure salary so he could take all the time he needed running around Lake County to run for Congress. The only business Dold owns by himself is some Wisconsin exterminator company that his tax returns show he LOST money on. The guy was born on third base and thinks he hit a triple
Deep Dish Pizza April 29, 2011 at 04:58 AM
More lies from Dold: * "environmentalist" - Ha! Last week Dold & Kirk had a press conference to promote fracking in Illinois. Fracking is when gas cos skip the drilling and inject a toxic brew of very poisonous chemicals into the ground to break up rock & dirt layers. Gee where does that toxic poison go? Right in your drinking water and farm land! And the stuff is really explosive. Right after the Dold presser a big fracking operation in Penn. went kaboom. Bad timing. * "I didn't say I supported the Paul Ryan Plan to Destroy America" -- last year Dold wigged out and made a big deal about deleting any mention of Paul Ryan from his Facebook page. Dold kept denying he supported the kooky conservative plan to destroy the middle class and redistribute OUR wealth to the upper crust. Then this year he voted FOR Ryan's voodoo economics like it was the best thing since sliced bread. Now Dold is cutting his town hall meetings short when seniors start asking why he voted to kill Medicare as we know it in order to give millionaires and billionaires a 30% tax CUT so they yank down another $200,000 (minimum) jackpot while we hard-working folks get @^%#$ out of our retirements.
cris April 29, 2011 at 05:00 AM
I didn't vote for Dold. Not my district. Like mr. Sheyman, you assume a great deal. Exactly who or what does Sheyman wish to serve? I doubt if he knows himself. His political affiliations indicate he is a socialist. He's only 25 years old, and spent a good part of four of those years going to school in another country. That means he's logged maybe 3 years tops as an adult actually living and working in this country. And somehow he thinks he's qualified to go to Congress? Oh, I'm quite sure he has all sorts of notions about society. One supposes that he thinks the ideas he likes should be made into law, and those ideas he dislikes should be made illegal. That's what socialists do. As to the "content" of your post, that's quite a hand you've played: Personal attack: Check! Innuendo card: Check! Religion card: Check! Ethnic card: Check!
Deep Dish Pizza April 29, 2011 at 06:22 AM
If you couldn't even vote for Dold why do you cry this guy is "socialist" just because his parents came from Russia when he was 5?! I don't care if he's Dem, Green, Libertarian, GOP or whatever. He loves America enough to stand up and run for Congress. GOPs elected Joe Walsh with his bankruptcies and foreclosures. GOPs elected that Real World MTV guy Sean Duffy. So? Hate Hate Hate -- that's the ONLY response Dold backers and other cons have to this young man's courage. Try this on for size Cris because you've got 4 fingers pointing right back at YOU: Oh, I'm quite sure "Cris" has all sorts of notions about society. One supposes that he thinks the ideas he likes should be made into law, and those ideas he dislikes should be made illegal. That's what "conservatives" do. As to the "content" of your post, that's quite a hand you've played: Personal attack: Check! ("Get a real job, organizer boy") Innuendo card: Check! ("A guy born in 1986, in the USSR, with a degree in history and political science, who is a left wing organizer? A socialist?") Religion card: Check! (on this you didn't refer to his faith -- the only thing you missed -- surprising since you went straight to his ethnic Russian heritage) Ethnic card: Check! ("Apparently he never listened to his parents when they were talking about the good old days in Moscow. Or did they just tell him the weather was better here. Otherwise, life wasn't so different. What a country!")ame
GrossPoint April 29, 2011 at 11:40 AM
I welcome Sheyman to the electoral fray. Dan Seals needs some competition. Bring up Seals lack of experience and failed campaigns. Bring up Seals connections to the corrupt Schakowsky Machine. Some new ideas are needed.
Ellen Beth Gill April 29, 2011 at 06:05 PM
I'm always surprised when people who are not fabulously wealthy or particularly international want to create a country that is run by and for the benefit of multi-national corporations that offshore profits and jobs. If you want your children, grandchildren and so on down the line to be uneducated, low level insecure employees, with few employment choices and little ability to change or improve their situation, then you want no labor movement, no universal public education, no health care, no social security. That's the way to keep labor desperate and obedient. Then, you eliminate corporate taxes, corporate situs laws and environmental protections so the multinationals can come in and raid the place for cheap labor and natural resources without paying anything in to support their operations. Pretty soon the place starts looking like many countries in Africa and Central American where this type of corporate colonization has left populations with few resources and lots of social problems. No worries because the people who matter can gate their communities to keep out the riff raff. Problem is that they can't gate the air and water supply (or maybe you can with the latter to a certain degree--a much worthier goal that clean water for everyone, right?) If that's your idea of American, then go ahead and support Bob Dold because that's the cause he's chosen to support.
Patrick Healy May 01, 2011 at 04:16 AM
You've got to be kidding me, we just elected Dold and now, at around 100 days into his term, we're talking about the next election. This is what is wrong with our political system. Instead of focusing his efforts on what we elected him to do, he has to start another re-election campaign. I for one have had enough of the constant re-election scenarios. Reform this broken system by setting term limits and letting Congressman and Congresswoman stay longer than two years. Who is this kid running anyway, a community organizer? Oh no, not another one.
M May 17, 2011 at 10:38 PM
There's no difference between Dold, Kirk and this guy! None of them have the ability to see past their own noses and serve their constituency.
Sarah May 21, 2011 at 07:21 PM
Seriously this kid is 25 years old ??? While I admire his determination let's face it he doesen't have experience. God these young political guys are all the same,big arrogant talkers. He will be luck if get's 3 to 5 percent of the vote.
Deep Dish Pizza May 24, 2011 at 06:45 AM
Hey Sarah - How old was conservative poster boy Paul Ryan when he first got elected to Congress? Oops. He was in his 20s too. Then again he did just write legislation that would kill Medicare and destroy Social Security (and Dold voted for it) so maybe you're right about 20 somethings. LOL!
Deadcatbounce May 26, 2011 at 02:05 AM
At a U.S. House Oversight Committee hearing yesterday, President Barack Obama’s EPA administrator, Lisa Jackson, admitted the environmental risk of hydraulic fracturing is practically nonexistent. “I’m not aware of any proven case where the fracking process itself has affected water, although there are investigations ongoing,” she said.
Jennifer Mcquet May 26, 2011 at 03:27 AM
Deadcatbounce = Charlotte Aines, yes? or no?
Deep Dish Pizza May 26, 2011 at 04:23 AM
Then why is it that in areas where fracking is going on can you literally light the "water" coming out of the kitchen sink on fire? And why did a Pennsylvania fracking operation literally explode just a few days after Dold's press conference to promote the exact same thing here in Illinois' rich heartland soils? THAT is why there are investigations going on like the EPA administrator said. There's lots of evidence that fracking makes things go boom and gives people cancer. It seems like an awful lot of koinky-dinks that fracking areas get explosive and people living nearby get sick while non-fracking areas kinda don't ......... but you go ahead and keep your head in the sand. (Is that sand near a fracking operation? Hope you don't smoke. Or drink water. Or eat.) It's like that scene in the movie Erin Brockovich. "Hey big fat cat fracking company execs. Would you like a glass of water? We got it real special from the neighborhood by your fracking operation. Drink up! Yummy!"
Andrea Johnson May 26, 2011 at 01:49 PM
Hey Deep Dish, do you drive an SUV? 90 percent of the town you live in drives a gas guzzling polluting car, but do you complain about what health issues that may be causing? Probably not. Fracking may need to stop, I agree, but perhaps you should look in your own back yard at everyday things millions are polluting with. The air around here sucks. And you and everyone else contributes to this.
Deadcatbounce May 27, 2011 at 03:12 AM
More on fracking ... Sen. James Inhofe, ranking member on the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, commended Jackson’s honesty. “I have great respect for Lisa Jackson and I always appreciate her honesty,” he said in a statement. “Although we disagree on most issues, when you ask her a question she gives you an honest answer. Over the past two years, I have asked various Obama Administration officials if they know of a single confirmed case of groundwater contamination from these fracked formations and every time the answer is no. Lisa Jackson’s statement today that she does not know of any proven case of water contamination further demonstrates that States are regulating hydraulic fracturing effectively and efficiently, and there is no need for the federal government to step in.”
Jim Turner June 22, 2011 at 08:35 PM
I live in Waukegan, what is it that he is organizing here?
Harlon Katz January 29, 2012 at 07:08 AM
Democrat's have already stated that qualifications don't matter....here is but another example.
Andrew Z. February 07, 2012 at 07:04 PM
It's an old thread, but I'll reply anyway in case if anybody is still following it. I am a Russian immigrant (came to the US in 1991, same as Sheyman) and I'm a strong Dold supporter and a volunteer for his campaign. I'm helping him to get re-elected because my first-hand experience of living in the Soviet Union taught me to despise socialism and value personal and economic freedom. Most of other Russian immigrants share my position, so Dold's Russian Coalition is absolutely real. Mr. Sheyman's problem is not that he lived in the USSR, but that he didn't live in it long enough. He left at the age of 5 or 6, when he could not understand yet how bad it was. Had he spent at least 20 years of his life there, he would probably be voting for Dold now, rather than running against him as a Democrat. Dold reflects the values and ideas of my family, most of my Russian immigrant friends, and most of District 10 voters.

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