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Zito announces election bid for Illinois' 49th District seat


DuPage County businessman and entrepreneur Nic Zito will run for the Illinois House of Representatives seat in Illinois' 49th District in 2018, with a promise to bring elected officials back in touch with constituents, stated a news release.

"I've been going door to door throughout the 49th District to speak with the people I hope to represent face to face," Zito said in the release. "It's abundantly clear to me that voters in Illinois are tired of political gridlock and empty promises. If chosen to be the public's voice in Springfield, I will use my experience in the public and private sectors to bring serious financial reform to how Illinois spends taxpayer money."

Zito plans to pound the pavement in every precinct of the 49th District to ensure that residents' voices are heard in the capitol, stated the release. He will be campaigning to replace Rep. Mike Fortner, R-West Chicago, who has announced he won't seek reelection.

As a representative for the 49th District, Zito pledges to spur economic development and to hold the line on taxes, according to the release.

"I hear my neighbors loud and clear," Zito said in the release. "I will work diligently to bring about lasting financial reform to the state of Illinois by way of addressing the school funding formula, sustained property tax relief and pension funding."

Zito will enter the race with a diverse background in both the public and private sectors. He was elected as a trustee to Wayne Township in 2017, with a platform that, among other things, emphasized cultivating public service and political participation among younger Americans, stated the release.

“Millennials are not only the future of Illinois but the country,” Zito said in the release. “We need their political activism to help us find sustainable, realistic solutions to our state's problems now and for the future."

He also actively serves as the business services director for Choose DuPage, an economic development alliance for the county's 39 municipalities. In 2013, Zito combined his business savvy with his forward-thinking perspective to start Rev3 Innovation Center, a technology business incubator in the western suburbs, stated the release.

A lifelong resident of Wayne, Zito graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in agricultural consumer economics.