About the Candidate

Name: Justin Burau
DOB: Feb. 27, 1986
Occupation: Director of Operations
Political Experience: None.
Website: https://www.burauforcongress.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/JustinBurau
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JustinBurauForCongress
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/justinburauforcongress/

Candidate Statement

I’m Justin Burau.  I’m the Republican candidate for the 3rd Congressional District which stretches from West Chicago to Humboldt Park.  

Think about the state of our cities and our nation.  We live in an amazing country, and the people of Chicago are as good as they come. We are resilient people. But we aren’t doing our best right now. We know this and you feel it.

As the only non-politician in this race, I got involved after a failed meeting with my current Congressmen to try and get better healthcare access for glioblastoma brain tumor patients. People are tired of politicians looking out for themselves instead of their constituents. 

Prices are soaring. Crime is not being handled. And we have a drug crisis killing our fellow Americans every day. And we have politicians pandering to the fringes and focused on berating each other for views, likes, and donations instead of working together to make America better. 

My campaign is focused on our livelihoods and fighting for all of us. We have to get our healthcare system under control, but the way to do this is through transparency and consumer empowerment, not government overreach. We need to make our communities safe, and our brave men and women in law enforcement must be given the proper training and funding to do this. And we must get our spending under control. Reckless spending is why we are facing the highest inflation rates in 40 years. Our leaders promised they wouldn’t raise taxes on everyday Americans. But when groceries and other essentials cost 8% more than they did a year ago, we are being taxed. 

If you don’t agree with me, that’s fine. Tell me why and let’s talk about solutions. But after the disastrous governance we’ve witnessed in D.C. this year, we cannot elect another politician from the Chicago Democratic Machine to represent us in Washington. We need common sense back in D.C. We need bipartisanship back in politics. In the coming months, I plan on earning your vote and after I win, I will understand that I work for you. Visit BurauforCongress.com today and let’s work on solving these problems together. 

Candidate Q&A

Why are you running?

In 2015, I lost my friend to a GBM brain tumor and started a 501c3 charity. We have raised 250k since. In 2017 my father was diagnosed with the same disease. When trying to get him on medicare we found out he would have to wait 2 years despite only 10% making it out of the first year. Myself and the American Brain Tumor Association had a meeting with Congressmen Sean Casten about getting GBM patients added to the instant medicare list. A meeting that was supposed to be an hour, lasted 5 minutes. From then I realized that politicians were too focused on their own agenda rather than the issues constituents face. From that moment, I knew it was time to step up to the plate and represent everyone.

What does this office do well, and what needs fixing?

Many politicians are out of touch with the issues regular Americans face. As the only political outsider in my race, I know first hand the issues we face because I have experienced them myself.

What is the most pressing issue facing your constituents and how do you plan on addressing it?

Small Businesses and Crime and Law enforcement. The proposed legislation would destroy small businesses. We need to cut taxes and redefine what a small business is. We need to make sure that law enforcement is getting the funds they need rather than defunding them.

What specific steps would you take to ensure your office is accessible and responsive to your constituents?

Our entire campaign has been about getting in front of people and not worrying about where the votes are. Between social media, emails our campaign has engaged with voters more than any other politician. We need someone out there that will actually speak and listen to voters through town halls, events and just living and talking with people in the district.