Susanne Atanus

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Susanne Atanus
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Former candidate for
U.S. House, Illinois, District 9
PartyRepublican
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sNorthwestern University
Master'sDeVry University- Keller Graduate School of Management, University of Illinois at Chicago
OtherParalegal Certificate from Colorado State University Online, Computer Information Systems from Oakton Community College
Personal
ProfessionContracting Officer and Substitute Teacher
Susanne Atanus was a 2014 Republican candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 9th Congressional District of Illinois.[1] She was defeated by Janice Schakowsky (D) in the general election on November 4, 2014.[2] Atanus defeated David Earl Williams, III in the Republican primary on March 18, 2014.[3]

She was a 2012 Republican candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 9th Congressional District of Illinois. Atanus was removed from the official candidate list on January 23, 2012[4]

Biography

  • Education:
    • B.A. - Northwestern University with a major in Political Science
    • 2003: MBA with Distinction - DeVry University, Keller Graduate School of Management, Chicago, Illinois
    • MPA (Master of Public Administration) - University of Illinois at Chicago.
    • 2007: Paralegal Certificate from Colorado State University Online, Pueblo, CO (Online)
    • 2006-2007: Completed coursework for Computer Information Systems from Oakton Community College, Des Plaines, IL and Skokie, Illinois

Career

  • 1984-2003: Contracting Officer with the highest efficiency at the U. S. General Services Administration
  • Atanus has also worked as a substitute school teacher

Issues

Controversy

During an interview with the Daily Herald newspaper, Atanus blamed natural disasters and mental disorders on recent advances in LGBT equality and legal abortions.[5]

"God is angry. We are provoking him with abortions and same-sex marriage and civil unions. Same-sex activity is going to increase AIDS. If it's in our military, it will weaken our military. We need to respect God.," she said.[5]

The Cook County GOP, Jack Dorgan, chairman of the Illinois Republican Party, and Adam Robinson, chairman of the Chicago Republican Party, condemned her comments and distanced the party from her candidacy.[5]

Elections

2014

See also: Illinois' 9th Congressional District elections, 2014

Atanus ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Illinois' 9th District.[1] Atanus defeated David Earl Williams, III in the Republican primary on March 18, 2014.[3] The general election took place November 4, 2014.

U.S. House, Illinois District 9 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJan Schakowsky Incumbent 66.1% 141,000
     Republican Susanne Atanus 33.9% 72,384
     Independent Phil Collins (Write-in) 0% 66
Total Votes 213,450
Source: Illinois Secretary of State Official Results
U.S. House, Illinois District 9 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngSusanne Atanus 52.4% 15,575
David Earl Williams III 47.6% 14,148
Total Votes 29,723
Source: Illinois State Board of Elections

2012

See also: Illinois' 9th Congressional District elections, 2012

Atanus was running in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Illinois' 9th District. Atanus sought the nomination on the Republican ticket.[6] The signature filing deadline was December 27, 2011, with the primary taking place on March 20, 2012. Incumbent Janice D. Schakowsky won re-election on the Democratic ticket.

Atanus was removed from the official candidate list on January 23, 2012[7]


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