About the Candidate
Name: Jonathan Klarer Logemann
DOB: Oct. 25, 1986
Occupation: High School Teacher, Rockford Alderman, Illinois Army National Guardsman, Husband and Dad
Political Experience: I am proud to have served as Rockford Alderman since 2017.
Hi folks, Jonathan Logemann here, candidate for US Congress in Illinois’ 17th Congressional District.
I’m running for Congress because as a teacher, an alderman, a veteran, a national guardsman, and a husband and father of three young daughters, I know full well the challenges our hard-working families face.
I’ve dedicated my life to public service, not only by serving my local community here in Rockford, but by defending our country and our values abroad in Afghanistan and here in the Illinois Army National Guard.
I want to continue serving Northwest and Central Illinoisians in Congress because I want to tackle these challenges head-on, instead of engaging in partisan bickering.
From the rising cost of prescription drugs, to combating the many ways inflation is affecting our daily lives at the gas pump and the grocery store, Illinoisians are dealing with a lot right now. I know these challenges well because my family and I experience them every day.
Every time I go to the gas pump, every time we take our kids to school, and every time we see another healthcare bill, we feel the same challenges that so many other families feel.
So I want to get to Congress to attack these problems. I’ll work across the aisle, find common ground, and always be an accessible voice to ensure that Northwest and Central Illinoisians are properly represented.
I’ll prioritize lowering costs, tamping down inflation, and raising wages for working families.
I’ll be an outspoken champion for our veterans and our active-duty servicemembers so America holds up its end of the bargain to those who have so bravely served.
I will protect and strengthen organized labor, including fighting to make sure we bring more good-paying jobs to Illinois and not outsource them to China.
And, as someone who has already done so in Afghanistan, I will always fight to safeguard our democracy, even when politicians don’t like the results of their elections.
We have a lot of work to do, but I am so excited to work with you to take them head-on.
My name is Jonathan Logemann, and I humbly ask for your vote, your support and your voice. Together, I know we can make a difference in our communities, and I look forward to working with you.
Why are you running?
I am running because as a teacher, an alderman, an Afghanistan veteran, a member of the Illinois Army National Guard, and a husband and father of three young daughters, I know, firsthand, the struggles our middle- and working-class families face. Over the past few years, in my role as an alderman and a National Guardsman, I have dedicated my life to serving my local community and protecting our country and our values abroad. I know the challenges that my future constituents face, and I will be an accessible, open-minded, and collaborative leader in tackling them.
What does this office do well, and what needs fixing?
Rep. Bustos has been an outstanding advocate for our unions, our frontline workers, our small business and family farms, and communities across Northwest and Central illinois. In Congress, I look forward to continuing her fight to lower healthcare costs, combat inflation, protect our small businesses and family farms, and ensure we have good-paying jobs throughout the District. I also intend to be an incredibly accessible member of Congress, building off of Rep. Bustos’ work to ensure that all voices throughout IL-17 are heard.
What is the most pressing issue facing your constituents and how do you plan on addressing it?
There are so many pressing issues facing residents of IL-17, so while it is hard to narrow down to just a few, I think addressing inflation and the rising cost of healthcare, specifically the high cost of prescription drugs, are issues that affect families across the District. We must allow Medicare and Medicaid to negotiate drug prices, ensure HR 3, the Elijah Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act is passed and signed into law, pass a $15/hour minimum wage, and hold corporations accountable for price-gouging and keeping worker pay unreasonably low. I will always keep in mind our middle-class families and their interests when I represent them in Washington.
What specific steps would you take to ensure your office is accessible and responsive to your constituents?
Illinois’ 17th District covers a large geographic area, containing 4 metro areas [Rockford, Quad Cities, Bloomington, and Peoria], along with many rural communities. I would ensure that my district offices are strategically placed and fully staffed, and would continue my tradition of never being outworked as a candidate to never being outworked as a Representative in Congress. I will make it a priority to visit every corner of the district frequently, and ensure that every call to my office is answered and addressed, no matter where in the district my constituents live or what party they belong to.