The field of candidates seeking the Democratic nomination to oppose , for the revamped 10th Congressional District seat in the November 2012 general election grew by one when Vivek Bavda, 34, of Mundelein joined the race.
Bavda, a Chicago attorney, filed his intention to make the race with the Federal Election Commission on Sept. 3, but his appearance surprised a crowd of more than 250 who gathered Sunday at the to honor retiring state .
Garrett was lauded by people like , Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and , as she received the Ab Mikva Political Courage Award from 10th Congressional District Democrats.
Editor's note: Check Patch as the week progresses for reports on details about Garrett’s award as well as the remarks made by Durbin, Klobuchar and Schakowsky.
Three candidates in the running
Bavda joins Waukegan community organizer and Deerfield management consultant as candidates for Congress in the March 20 primary. All three spoke at Sunday's event.
Sheyman and Bavda are both the children of immigrants who came to the United States in pursuit of the American dream.
“My parents came in the 1970s from India to seek a better life,” Bavda said. “They came to a place where people are only limited by their hard work and ability. What makes this country great is America always moving forward, leading the way.”
While Sheyman’s parents arrived from the former Soviet Union 20 years ago and achieved success in their adopted land, he fears those opportunities are vanishing for middle class Americans today.
“At this defining moment, the American dream is slipping away,” Sheyman said Sunday. He talked about people he meets who keep asking why Congress has not passed a jobs bill. “I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired,” he added about the Tea Party rhetoric he claims is eating away at middle class opportunity.
Schneider leaped into an attack on Dold and the policies being advanced by the House Republican caucus.
“They are making giant leaps backward 75 years to unwind Democratic success in Social Security, Medicare and women’s rights,” Schneider said. “I have the story, you have the vision. I get it, Bob Dold does not.”
Sheyman and Schneider talked about the need to stimulate the economy and create jobs. Schneider supported President Obama’s American Jobs Act and strengthening education to help people acquire the skills necessary to land work today.
“We must pass the president’s jobs bill and we must do it now,” Schneider said. “I will push for an education system that will bring us back to a world-class system that will make us competitive."
Sheyman wants to see jobs related to energy and the environment as well as other areas. He urged the people in the room to embrace progressive values and work for them.
“We need new clean-energy jobs that cannot be shipped overseas,” Sheyman said. “When Democrats stand with backbone, Democrats win.”
Bavda, like Schneider, also was concerned with attempts to reduce Social Security benefits. “We must make sure our commitments are kept to our seniors by eliminating tax breaks and cutting spending.”