The Illinois General Assembly's 40th District onChicago's northwest side is the place Paul Sack callshome, even if he doesn't like the way he sees politicsworking locally.
"Supposedly, we have thousands of politicians whoare representing us at the city, the county, and thestate level and other districts, but really there areonly a few guys that are in charge."
But a knock on the door to his apartment last year gave him new hope.
"This campaigner told me a little bit about him, and he seemed like he believed in the samethings I believed in.
And with the state and the mess that it's in, it seemed like it was the right time for me to getinvolved with something."
So on March 15, Sack's top choice for the general assembly is a Muslim American immigrant whohas never before held public office.
Harish Patel bills himself as an "independent Democrat," someone who isn't beholden to thestate party.
"My state has not respected or responded to the needs of my community.
So in this district, I just feel like there is a crisis of democracy."
When Patel came to the U.S. in 1999 with his widowed mother, he didn't speak any English.
"And in the assembly that we do is to make laws for the state of Illinois."
But thanks to public programs, he got an education and a college degree.
Now he wants to give back.
"All of this is possible because of the investment the community has made in me.
And now is sort of my time to figure out how to keep those programs so other people arecoming to this neighborhood, or other people that live in this neighborhood build thisneighborhood, have the same access that I got."
Chicago's 40th is one of the most ethnically diverse in the state.
It also is home to three mosques and a large population of Muslim Americans.
The primary is a two-man race between Patel and incumbent Jaime Andrade.
Whoever wins is likely to win the general election in November because there is currently noRepublican challenger.
If Patel wins, he would make history as the first Muslim American immigrant elected to the IllinoisGeneral Assembly.
Something Paul Sack hopes to witness that not just as a voter but also as a new member ofPatel's campaign.
"It is great that somebody from another country, somebody who didn't learn English until hewas 14, is…you know, might be my representative."
Winning the election may be the easy part.
The General Assembly next year will face many issues, including how to solve the state's $9billion annual budget deficit.