Many people in the 6th Congressional District don't know that their choice in this election is either Peter Roskam or me, Leslie Coolidge. The district was redrawn (some say gerrymandered) to reflect the 2010 census. Most of the voters in this district will actually have a new Congressperson after the election.
But which Congressperson will actually appear on their ballot is something of a mystery. I drive by Tammy Duckworth and Joe Walsh signs all the time that I know are being displayed in the 6th district, not in the 8th District where they are running. When my campaign workers knock on those doors, they regularly find very surprised voters who often take my yardsign to display instead.
If you're unsure who will be on your ballot, just visit my website, www.coolidgeforcongress.com and click on "Do you live in the 6th District?" If you type in your address, the application will pinpoint your address on a map of northeastern Illinois. It will also show which district you live in if it is not the 6th.
When we sent out our first campaign mail to voters in the 6th District, we heard back from a number of them who said they’d like to vote for me but insisted they didn’t live in the district. We still talk to people who are not aware of the big change they'll face on the ballot.
Even if you think you know which district you live in, take a minute now to make sure. And if you live in the Sixth Congressional District, take time to study the differences between my positions and Peter Roskam's on issues that matter to you. The differences between us are enormous.