Cliff Surges

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Cliff Surges
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Candidate for
Illinois State Senate District 33
High schoolSt. Charles East High School (1981)
Bachelor'sEastern Illinois University
ProfessionSmall business owner
Campaign website
Cliff Surges was a 2012 Republican candidate for District 33 of the Illinois State Senate.

Surges graduated from St. Charles East in 1981, going on to earn his B.A. from Eastern Illinois University. He opened the Clifford Surges Agency, representing the American Family Insurance Group, in 1993.

Surges was elected twice as Village Trustee in Gilberts. After leaving office he went on to work with Municipal Design Group.[1]


Campaign themes


Surges' campaign website listed the following issues:[2]

  • Economic Issues
Excerpt: "Illinois must become attractive to businesses again. This is done by fostering a culture and atmosphere that is friendly and supportive of businesses. Restrictive bureaucracies, overbearing regulations, high tax rates, and endless red tape are stifling the business climate in Illinois."
  • Education
Excerpt: "Teachers are hired because they are competent educators, but when they walk into the classroom they are burdened by undue regulations. Those regulations need to be removed and control must be given back to the teachers that are in touch with the individual needs of each student and their parents."
  • Ethics and Reform Issues
Excerpt: "The public has lost trust in the State Government, and rightly so. Pay-to-play politics, corruption, economically damaging policies… Springfield ought to be ashamed for what it has done and what has happened to the State of Illinois."
  • Social and Other Issues
Excerpt: "Life begins at conception. I oppose all forms of abortion except in cases where the life of the mother is at risk."



See also: Illinois State Senate elections, 2012

Surges ran in the 2012 election for Illinois State Senate District 33. Surges was defeated by Karen McConnaughay in the Republican primary on March 20, 2012. Incumbent Dan Kotowski is not running for re-election in District 33 but is instead running for election in District 28. The general election took place on November 6, 2012.[3][4][5]

Illinois State Senate Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngKaren McConnaughay 61.3% 12,487
Cliff Surges 38.7% 7,889
Total Votes 20,376


Surges and his wife, Audrey, live in Gilberts. They have three children.[1]

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