Matthew Duray
Political Architect

Matthew’s interest in politics piqued when he was in high school in Gurnee, where he was born and raised. Tired of seeing the leftist classroom indoctrination of his peers, he decided to do something about it. He connected with like-minded students and started a conservative group at his high school. The group had over 60 members in attendance at its first meeting. That encouraging response showed him there was hope for change.

Matthew experienced his first official campaign when the people of Gurnee asked him to run for trustee when he was just 17 years old. His initial thought was, “You’re crazy, I’m too young.” But he did it, and through his campaign experience, he realized the importance of civic engagement for people of all ages.

Since then, Matthew has worked on a number of successful campaigns throughout Lake County and has worked with many right-of-center PACs, non-profits, and organizations. He excels at sparking grassroots movements, especially rallies and protests. 

Academically, he is currently studying business at the University of Illinois at Chicago and aspires to earn either an MBA or law degree. He believes, however, that the most important form of knowledge comes from real world experience, rather than a textbook.

Matthew’s life motto is “Soli Deo Gloria,” which means “Glory to God alone.” He views politics as his civic duty—often quoting, “Evil prevails when good men do nothing.” He believes Illinois desperately needs a change and will give everything he has to help move our state in the right direction. 

A proud Eagle Scout, Matthew loves the outdoors and has been called an old soul by many because he loves going on walks. He is active in his local church and often plays drums on Sunday mornings. He is also known for telling cheesy jokes and going on late-night Taco Bell runs. And he’s afraid to admit this in case Chicago Democrats are reading, but he’s deathly allergic to peanuts.