below, release from Brad Schneider.....
DEERFIELD, IL-Brad Schneider today announced his candidacy to represent Illinois's 10th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives (www.SchneiderforCongress.com).
"Today I am honored and humbled to announce my campaign to represent Illinois families in the 10th Congressional District. Talking to friends and neighbors, seniors and students, small business owners and employees, it's clear that we need a change in Washington. We need people in Congress who are focused on creating jobs right here, setting smart priorities for investment in our future, helping our small businesses grow, and ensuring sustaining programs like Medicare and Social Security are secure for generations to come.
"While much has changed in the 32 years since the 10th was last represented by a Democrat, too many of the challenges we face today are still the same as in 1979. Whether it is the economy and jobs, education, the environment, or energy independence, we need a new, better approach.
"Instead, Illinois's freshmen representatives have proven themselves loyal agents for Washington's establishment Republicans. From voting to end Medicare as we know it to jeopardizing the health and well being of Illinois women, they seem eager to unravel the security and promise of our communities at the behest of powerful special interests.
"Through my experience in management consulting, I know firsthand what it takes to grow a business and create quality, long-term jobs. As a 21-year resident of the 10th District, and father of two teenage boys, I also know what it takes to create and support strong communities.
"I'm in this race to fight for the future of Illinois. I am committed to tackling the challenges in front of us today and not leaving our problems as a sad legacy to our children and grandchildren. I will work to find innovative and practical solutions to help area businesses succeed and working families thrive.
"At the same time, we are living in a world of increasing complexity and challenge. It is imperative that the United States continues to be a leader in global affairs with strong national security and smart foreign policy. It is vital that our policies are governed by our interests, principles and values. It is essential that we stand with our friends, such as Israel, and stand up to those in the world, such as Iran, that are the enemies of liberty and peace."
Brad Schneider is a husband, father, and experienced business and community leader. He lives in Deerfield with his wife, Julie Dann, and their two sons. Currently, Brad is the owner of Cadence Consulting Group, LLC and Lead Out Capital Partners, LLC.
Brad first came to the area to study Industrial Engineering at Northwestern University. After completing his degree in 1983, Brad worked in Israel as an industrial engineer for a kibbutz wire factory. Upon returning from Israel, Brad was a strategy consultant with Price Waterhouse before pursuing his master's degree at Northwestern's Kellogg Graduate School of Management, earning his MBA in 1988. Since then, he has worked with businesses large and small, helping them succeed before starting his own company in 2008.
Brad has long been a civic leader in our community and spent the better part of his life giving back to the community that has given him so much.
Among his many current commitments, Brad is extensively involved with the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago; on the executive committee of the Chicago Region of the American Jewish Committee (AJC); and an active member of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), including a founding member of the New Leadership Network (NLN). He is a member of Moriah Congregation in Deerfield.
Brad has also served on the boards of Business and Professional People for the Public Interest (BPI) and the Family Firm Institute Midwest Chapter. He is a member of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and a participant in the "In Good Faith" program at Catholic Theological Union.
Brad was recipient of the Jewish Federation's Young Leadership Award in 2002. He is a Fellow of Leadership Greater Chicago (2003), as well as the Next Generation Project on US Global Policy (2007), and the Blaustein Institute of AJC (2007). He was recently selected as an AJC Comay Fellow for 2012. His very first public recognition was in 1986, receiving a Governor's Citation for his work with Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado.
Among his most enjoyable commitments, Brad coached his sons' AYSO soccer and DYBA baseball teams from 1997 - 2009 and often volunteers at their schools.