Marie Newman, a nonprofit executive, small businesswoman and progressive activist, is challenging conservative Democratic Rep. Dan Lipinski in the March primary for Illinois’ 3rd congressional district. Rep. Lipinski has had a consistently conservative voting record, and he was one of only 25 Democrats who voted against the Iran nuclear agreement in 2015.
After becoming partner at an ad agency at the age of 31, Newman set out to start her own consulting business. When one of her children was severely bullied in school, she founded a nonprofit to address the problem, and eventually expanded it nationwide. She first ran for Congress in 2018, giving Lipinski a hard primary challenge and keeping the race to a two-point margin.
On the issues of importance to J Street, Newman has said that “the US should be a part of any coalition designed to support or empower talks between the Israeli and Palestinian people,” and should play an evenhanded and unbiased role in the resolution of the conflict. She supports the aspirations of both the Israeli and Palestinian peoples to be free, self-empowered, prosperous, safe and secure that are mutually agreed upon by both parties. She also opposes the presence of Israeli settlements, seeing as they violate international law and undermine the prospect for a just peace between the parties.