AURORA – The 2018 race to represent the 11th Congressional District will be a competition between two scientific minds – a challenger with an expertise in health care and an incumbent familiar with sub-atomic particles.
Republican Nick Stella, a Cardiovascular Disease and Interventional Cardiology doctor, announced in early September his intention to challenge Democrat incumbent and physicist Bill Foster.
Dr. Stella, who has treated veterans for nine years at Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital, says the skills he's learned as a heart doctor has prepared him to serve in the U.S. Congress.
“As a board-certified heart doctor, I aim to achieve nothing short of perfection every day in my care of patients.After graduating from Loyola University School of Medicine, I've spent my entire career diagnosing problems, providing solutions, and ensuring I leave patients in much better condition than how they first came to me. That is why I am announcing my bid to be your next US Congressman," his announcement said.
Dr. Stella the growing health care crisis throughout the nation calls for experienced voices that can contribute to correcting the situation. Voices that know their constituents well, he said.
"In my medical profession, I've seen more than my fair share of bad situations. Congress is defaulting to party lines and forgetting their own constituents. This includes Representative Foster, the gentleman who is supposed to be personifying the interests of you, the residents of where I call home," Stella said. "But he spends more time in New York than he does here in his home district."
“The absolute results I set out to achieve in medicine will be no different in my political career. I promise to improve every situation that comes my way, bringing jobs and much more to our beaten down district. And like many parents still say today to their kids, “Be sure to leave it better than how you found it,” I plan to do the same with our district and Washington D.C.” he concluded.
Nick Stella was raised in Darien IL, graduated from Illinois Benedictine University in Lisle, and received his M.D. in 1995 from Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine. After residency training at Loyola University, he stayed to complete his Fellowships in Cardiology and Interventional Cardiology. There, he was named both Cardiology Chief Fellow as well as Interventional Chief Fellow. Nick and his wife of 17 years have one daughter.
District 11 includes Aurora, Bolingbrook, Burr Ridge, Joliet and parts of Naperville.
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