Illinois Republican Congressional candidate Ted Gradel recently announced that his 14th District campaign raised $263,854 in the third quarter, positioning him as the field's top GOP candidate in terms of fundraising from individual donors.
Grandel’s campaign fund now has $496,095, according to a press release.
“I am incredibly grateful for the generosity of our supporters as we work to defeat [incumbent] Lauren Underwood (D-Naperville),” Gradel said in the release. “Let’s build on this powerful momentum to bring a principled voice for freedom to Washington."
Illinois Republican congressional candidate Ted Gradel
A former Notre Dame football walk-on who played under legendary coach Lou Holtz, Gradel formally announced his candidacy earlier this year by releasing a YouTube video of Holtz assuring voters that the candidate's tenacious nature will serve both him and his constituents well.
“Americans know what it’s like to be up against the odds,” Holtz said in the two-minute video. “We just need our chance, and leaders to protect our freedoms, opportunities and values that made this underdog nation the greatest on earth. You give Ted Gradel a chance and I promise he won’t let you down.”
In addition to Underwood, Gradel is running in a field that also includes state Sens. Jim Oberweis (R-Sugar Grove) and Sue Rezin (R-Morris), and former Kendall County Republican Party Chairman James Marter.
The 14th Congressional District includes parts of McHenry, Lake, Kane, DeKalb, DuPage, Kendall and Will counties.