To the Editor:
Both of the candidates running for state representative in the 70th District are friendly, affable men.
But, that is where the similarity ends.
Here is why I support Paul Stoddard for the IL-70th. Paul supports tax reform in the state of Illinois. He is campaigning on a platform that includes reforming our state tax system to include a fair and progressive tax, allowing middle class families to keep more of their income. A progressive tax means that those with the highest incomes in this state will pay more. I believe this is fair.
His opponent says he wants to protect taxpayers. I can't find any information that says how he'll do that.
Paul is an advocate for local campaign finance reform. He wants to put an end to gerrymandering, where our voting districts are changed willy-nilly to support the election of one party or another. He's also a proponent of instituting local funding of campaigns.
His opponent has not taken a position on gerrymandering that I've been able to find.
Paul wants to upgrade our roads, power lines and broadband access. He believes we need to reinvest in education, healthcare and public safety. As a retired educator at Northern Illinois University, he knows the importance of education to the future of our state, and has seen the effect of inaction in the state of Illinois on our school districts, our colleges, our young people and students.
Most importantly, he has been a member of the DeKalb County Board for 10 years, where he's chaired the Finance Committee and knows how to produce a balanced budget by working across party lines. Paul understands the value of compromise and he'll work for all us in Springfield.
Who we send to Springfield to represent us matters. Paul has a plan and he's willing to share it and work for it. He has my vote on Nov. 6. I hope you will give him yours.