Harris wins reelection in 53rd House race
Updated: November 7, 2012 12:42AM
BUFFALO GROVE — Republican State Rep. David Harris will return to Springfield in January, having defeated Curt Renz in a landslide.
With all 82 precincts counted, Harris topped the Democratic challenger with 59.22 percent of the vote. Harris won 27,382 votes to Renz’s 18,816.
“I feel fine,” said Harris, quickly turning his attention to the fact that his party lost seats in both chambers of the General Assembly.
“I’m hugely disappointed with the results, as they relate to the legislative races.”
Renz said he spoke to Harris at about 10:15 p.m. Tuesday night.
“He’s going to be my representative, so I wished him all the best,” Renz said. “He was a gentleman.”
Renz expected his campaign to end in defeat, having told Pioneer Press weeks ago that the endorsements Harris collected were too much to overcome. He seconded Harris’ concern about Democratic control, though, saying he hopes Harris and other Republicans would be able to work shoulder-to-shoulder with their counterparts.
“Hopefully he’ll be able to reach across the aisle and get something done,” Renz said. “Some major solutions are needed.”
When he returns to Springfield, Harris pledged to address the twin issues of pensions and mounting debt.
“There are two huge issues facing the state of Illinois right now, and they’re intertwined,” Harris said. “We’ve got to tackle both of these issues if we’re going to have any hope of moving forward.”
District 53 includes portions of Buffalo Grove, Arlington Heights, Prospect Heights, Des Plaines and Mount Prospect.