Candidate Q&A for IL-14

Get to know your Democratic Candidates!

The 14th District of Illinois (IL-14) is currently represented by Randy Hultgren, a Republican, though you might be forgiven for not knowing that, since citizens of the 14th haven’t had an open forum meeting with our Representative since April 18, 2017. Starting as early as February 8th and continuing until Election Day, March 20th, voters will select a candidate to challenge Hultrgren for the opportunity to represent the 14th in Washington. Those voters have a big field of candidates to choose from. Seven individuals seek the nomination of the Democratic party and the chance to oppose him.

The candidates share a range of core liberal values and support fundamental planks in the Democratic party platform. Ultimately, each of these people will arrive in Washington as an advocate for the middle class and a necessary check on the power of the Executive. Each of them will be, in the view of this writer, a more responsible representative of the people of the IL-14 than Randy Hultgren.

Still, only one of them can run against Hultgren in November and voters in the Democratic primary have the responsibility to narrow the field of seven down to one. To that end, IL14 United, an alliance of grassroots groups committed to bringing change to IL-14, developed a list of 13 questions designed to highlight some of the ways the candidates differ. Each candidate received the same questions and guidelines. Their responses are linked in full at the bottom of the post – we encourage you to take the time to read them all.

1. Why are you running for Congress?

These are very personal statements on the part of all the candidates and a great starting point for getting a sense of who they are and what’s most important to them. Each candidate draws on their wide ranging professional or personal experience of American values and expresses frustration with our current administration and representation.

brolley
“My campaign for Congress started the day my Latina daughter came home from school and asked me why Donald Trump hates Mexicans and why he was going to build a wall to keep her from her grandma. For months, I waited for Congressman Hultgren to stand up unequivocally and separate himself and the 14th district from President Trump. He has not. I am running for Congress to stand up for the 14th District and it’s values.” – Brolley
hosta
“Quality manufacturing jobs have always been an economic foundation of our country and this is why the founding fathers and our leadership have always protected American Industries…We need leadership that will steer our country back to the traditional economic policies American leadership has always embraced since the inception of The United States.” – Hosta
roldan
“The middle class in this country is not being represented in Congress.  I want to bring a middle class voice to Washington and work on common sense solutions to the problems facing the people of the 14th district.” – Roldan-Johnson
swanson
“In order to ensure a brighter future we need to show our children that we care more about each other than we do about money. It is time for our government to reflect our values. It is time for all of us to vote for our values of education, health care, veterans, the environment, and the elderly.” – Swanson
underwood
“…it was absolutely unacceptable to me that [Hultgren] did not have the integrity to present his intentions honestly when he stood before our community in that town hall. We deserve better than that.  We deserve a representative who will listen to us, and honestly represent our voices in Washington.” – Underwood
walz
“Ours is a vast community of neighbors who work hard and look out for each other. No one in Washington is looking out for us. This must change and change now.” – Walz
weber
“I asked my son once about his retirement and he said that he was going to have to work until he is 80 years old.  This is not acceptable to me.  I am running for office because my children and their generation will not have the same opportunities that I had and that needs to change.” – Weber

2. What are your top 3 policy priorities & why?

The candidates have a variety of priorities, but healthcare, environmental protections, the economy, income inequality and education are shared interests. Review their individual responses to learn more details about their policy interests.

hosta
  • Economy
  • Healthcare
  • Environment
roldan
  • Income inequality
  • Environment
  • Immigration
swanson
  • Public education funding
  • Public transportation expansion
  • Secondary education costs
underwood
  • Jobs
  • Healthcare
  • Education
walz
  • Climate change & the new “green” economy
  • Healthcare
  • Income inequality
weber
  • Prosperity for the middle class
  • Easily solvable problems
  • Citizens United
brolley
  • Healthcare
  • Jobs
  • Environment

3. The United States has been involved in foreign conflict for nearly 20 years and has the largest military budget in the world. What is your stance on our current approach to foreign policy?

All the candidates express their commitment to using “hard power” as a last resort. Brolley, Underwood, and Walz want to encourge diplomatic solutions to conflict, preferably before conflict reaches a head. Swanson, Walz and Weber want to strengthen relationships with American allies.

roldan

“We are the super power and much of the world, including those without a voice or power in places of unspeakable violence look to the United States for rescue. However, we should not be involved in stupid, ill-conceived, reckless, unnecessary conflict.” – Roldan-Johnson

swanson
“One of our first priorities in keeping the country safe must be to reaffirm and strengthen our relationship with our close allies in order to continue reciprocal information that can help stop the spread of terrorism in the Middle East and elsewhere abroad. Secondly, we need to continue to strengthen our military by investing in the Armed Forces from enlistment to post-service support.” – Swanson
underwood

“I believe in the power of diplomacy and am troubled by the steps the Trump Administration is taking to gut our State Department, which is critical for maintaining American interests, safety and leadership around the world.” – Underwood

walz

“Our goal must be a coalition of allied forces and diplomacy. Any intervention plan must include clear goals and a draw down plan.” – Walz

weber

“Make the military more efficient…Share the burden of protection with alliances such as NATO and have the other countries take over more of the financial burden…Reduce the mission of the military around the world. Use wars as a last option.” – Weber

brolley

If elected to Congress, I’ll be an advocate for peace by encouraging our leaders to seek diplomatic successes like the Iran Nuclear Deal and the Paris Climate Agreement before considering how they can put our troops in harm’s way.” – Brolley

hosta

“Unless our citizenry or allies are directly threatened we should stand down.” – Hosta

4. What is your position on energy policy and how will you go about furthering that?

Investments in sustainability and renewables are the big keywords here. All the candidates support government intervention to either fund clean energy initiatives, discontinue funding fossil fuel subsidies, or both.

swanson

“…we need to invest in renewable, clean sources of energy.  We need to make it feasible for working class individuals to utilize those renewable sources of energy and encourage communities to invest in renewable sources of energy.” – Swanson

underwood
“I support legislation that would increase federal investments in clean energy technology and expand clean energy incentives like wind and solar tax credits.  I also support legislation that would protect and strengthen energy efficiency standards.” – Underwood
walz
“A concrete step that we should take is to invest in a sustainable technologies financing program such as that proposed by the Sanders-Boxer climate legislation, while also eliminating the unfair and wasteful subsidies for the fossil fuel industry.” – Walz
weber

“Because of the dire consequences of global warming, we need to expedite the transition to clean energy.  The best way to do this is to implement a carbon tax.” – Weber

brolley
“…the federal government needs to focus on the future by investing in renewable energy instead of providing fossil fuel corporations with billion-dollar tax breaks.” – Brolley
hosta
“We need to specifically advance alternative energy technology and move past the archaic technology which relies on fossil fuel…we can begin to move quickly in phasing out antiquated vehicles and require electronic vehicles…broaden public transportation in scope and include public transportation to require electronic compulsion.” – Hosta
roldan
“I support cap and trade as a sensible solution to lowering carbon emissions.  I support the Paris Accords and believe we need to re-join them immediately. I also support investments in clean energy technologies that will lead America and American companies into the twenty first century.” – Roldan-Johnson

5. What is your vision to prepare U.S. citizens for the jobs of the future and to encourage employers to invest in that workforce?

Providing more educational options outside of 4-year college ranks high for Brolley, Roldan-Johnson, Swanson, Underwood, and Weber. Hosta, Walz and Weber focus on the student debt crisis or subsidizing higher education. Underwood and Walz would like to see investment in local infrastructure.

underwood
“The Small Business Administration should be a partner with local municipalities to incentivize place-based accelerator and incubator development…Offering tax credits to Social Enterprise Businesses that prioritize hiring disabled and chronically under- or unemployed individuals would be a strong start. Local apprenticeship programs provide excellent training and connections to job opportunities….Investment in modernizing our local infrastructure.” – Underwood
walz
“The U.S. must invest in federal research…Aggressively funding an infrastructure financing authority will close this gap in infrastructure investment and save the U.S. economy billions…Allowing these Americans to refinance their federal student loans at lower rates will put millions of dollars back into the pockets of American consumers…From there, we need to pursue subsidizing the cost of education as the rest of the industrialized world does.” – Walz
weber
“I will fight to provide access to good jobs through better education and vocational training…And we need to help those with debt due to education expenses pay them off with lower rate loans…Our government needs to make sure that the benefits of automation, a huge issue on the short-term horizon, are realized throughout our society and not just by the shareholders.” – Weber
brolley
“Congress should be supportive in helping young Americans who aren’t interested in the four-year university route get the knowledge and skills they need by making community college and trade schools accessible to all Americans.” – Brolley
hosta
“It is a vital interest of the United States to provide the financial resources to qualifying students to become educated for jobs which would include new technologies and research.  Our brightest students should be granted extra funding to enable these students to achieve their goals. Employers should be restricted to employ within our domestic workforce first before being able allowed to employ outside our domestic workforce.” – Hosta
roldan
“We need to continue the public-private partnerships that provide students a direct pipeline from high school STEM programs to technical programs in higher education and directly to jobs in the field…Investments that follow the apprenticeship models have had wild success in Germany and is something we can build out here.” – Roldan-Johnson
swanson
“Education is essential to preparing U.S. citizens for the jobs of the future.  Whether or not that education is college, trade, or just a valuable public school education, we need to prepare citizens for the future.  Through education we need to teach citizens that investing in people is an investment in their company.” – Swanson

6. How do you think we can most effectively maintain healthy global trade relationships and protect domestic workers?

The candidates have a varied response to this question. Hosta strongly opposes global trade relations. “Fair trade deals” that put American worker’s needs first get support from Brolley, Roldan-Johnson, Underwood, and Weber. Brolley mentions automation and suggests worker retraining. Swanson favors incentives for companies that hire American workers. Roldan-Johnson and Weber both take a look at immigration arriving at slightly different conclusions. Walz makes a point to discuss the goverment’s role in protecting both citizens and small businesses from powerful corporations.

walz
“The American economy must be built on fairness, with regulations that do enough to protect consumers and workers but also remain simple and straightforward, so that businesses aren’t too burdened with the cost of compliance. For example, the role of government is to help foster competition and protect businesses from monopolies.” – Walz
weber
“We need to maintain free trade but we must make sure that it is fair…We also need to protect our domestic workers from cheaper labor coming into this country from overseas. Immigration policy needs to allow certain high-skilled labor to enter the country where there is a shortage of domestic labor, but not to replace domestic labor…we need to allow certain low-skilled labor in wherever there is a need, such as agriculture.” – Weber
brolley
“…the federal government should continue expanding fair free trade deals while doing a better job at planning for automation… invest in job retraining programs and grants to workers seeking education at the community college or university level.Promoting free trade is good policy.” – Brolley
hosta
“It is the wrong attitude to engage in maintain healthy global trade relations and to attempt to protect domestic workers. The two are dimensionally exclusive.” – Hosta
roldan
“We should require are trading partners to provide minimum protections to all workers in their countries, and we should provide protections to those domestic workers in the United States that are being abused and taken advantage of because they are too afraid to speak out.” – Roldan-Johnson
swanson

“In order to encourage employers to invest in our workforce we need to incentivize those who provide jobs in the United States and penalize those who send jobs overseas.” – Swanson

underwood
“It’s critically important that all trade deals put the interests of American workers first. Supporting smarter trade policies that fit the 21st century global economy and protect American workers will grow the industries of the future here for US exporters.” – Underwood

7. What do you think the path is for your constituents to receive affordable, quality healthcare?

The candidates show a range of opinions, with support for the ACA as a baseline. Most, like Underwood, recommend  improvements to the ACA. Others, like Walz and Weber, strongly prefer a universal coverage option. Brolley and Roldan-Johnson want to see a public option added and Swanson recommends improvements to the ACA with Medicare for All as a stretch goal. Hosta focuses on manipulation in the health care system. Underwood also highlights the opioid epidemic as a critical need.

weber
“The Affordable Care Act is just the first step in allowing Americans to have the same great, inexpensive universal coverage health care system that Canada and the European countries already have…We need to and will do a better job of marketing the real facts about health care systems to the American people, especially those who are still not on-board, to finally get our healthcare situation fixed and allow the U.S. join the rest of the developed world.” – Weber
brolley

“The first step of paving the way for affordable, quality health care in the 14th district is stabilizing and improving the Affordable Care Act, not destroying it…I think the best way to improve beyond the ACA is to enact a low-cost public option and a Medicare buy-in.” – Brolley

hosta

“Our governing leadership has the responsibility to assure the public of health care and to assure the public that the health care system is free from being a monopolized, manipulated, corrupted enterprise that it has become.” – Hosta

roldan
“I support the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), but feel we need to strengthen it and that there should be a public option available for purchase alongside the for-profit insurance companies.” – Roldan-Johnson
swanson
“In the future, I support Medicare for All as a long-term, full solution to helping Americans receive affordable health insurance. Until that can happen, we first have to improve the ACA because insurance markets thrive on stability…we need to increase subsidies…negotiate prescription drug prices, get younger people enrolled, and help insurance companies cope with the high costs associated with pre-existing conditions.” – Swanson
underwood
“I am committed to ensuring that all Americans maintain the coverage they rely upon, and that we continue to work to expand coverage to those who cannot currently access or afford it. The Affordable Care Act is not perfect and I support policies that will improve the law…[The opioid epidemic] will not be solved by law enforcement solutions alone…we need to pass legislation that will reduce cost barriers to treatment, and that will ensure Medicaid and health insurance cover both detox and rehab.” – Underwood
walz
“All of us join the 56 million on Medicare today, all creating a national pool where no one is left behind, our costs are controlled and knowable, we have a Federal system advocating for lower prescription costs through massive buying power, and we see increase tax revenue because our people are cared for, able to work and keep the economy moving forward.” – Walz

8. What is your stance on women's reproductive rights and Planned Parenthood? What, if anything, would you change with current laws?

Almost all the candidates express strong support for women’s rights to choice in their reproductive healthcare and are pro-choice and pro-Planned Parenthood. Hosta does not support late-term abortions or using fetal remains for research. Swanson also connects women’s reproductive choice to the wage gap and advocates for equal pay.

brolley
“I am pro-choice, full stop. Women should be left to consult with their doctor and their family when making such a decision and all Americans should trust individual women to make the decision that is right for them. Planned Parenthood provides vital health care to many communities across the country. We need to stop politicizing this great organization that cares for so many people in so many communities and support them.” – Brolley
hosta
“When a fetus is able to live outside the womb even with medical assistance the baby should be allowed to live. Only in the case when a mother’s life is proven to be in danger would I support the abortion. The second, of course, is linked to the first. I do not support baby fetus parts being used for research and other projects.” – Hosta
roldan

“I would fully restore funding for Planned Parenthood. Women’s health is best left up to her, her partner, and their doctor.” – Roldan-Johnson

swanson
“Women deserve equal rights, and I will fight to ensure these rights for all women. I am also a pro-choice advocate…I am alarmed that still today women do not receive the same wages for the same jobs that men do. Currently, we have a government that makes decisions concerning women without any input from women.” – Swanson
underwood
“I support women’s rights to the full range of reproductive health services, without restrictions. This includes access to safe, legal, and affordable abortions. I support the work that Planned Parenthood does in communities across the country to provide critical healthcare screenings and services to men and women.”
walz
“I have always been an advocate for Women’s Rights, including rights over reproductive health. I have advocated in support of Planned Parenthood to help with preventative care and marched as well as spoke out in support of their outreach to underserved women.” – Walz
weber

“I believe that women should have the right to choose, as protected by Roe v. Wade. I am also in favor of funding Planned Parenthood as the best way to reduce the number of abortions that women need to undergo by providing birth control to people who want it. I would not change any of the current laws.” – Weber

9. How can Congress take steps to ensure that the government works for the people and not corporations?

The candidates have several ideas to address this issue. Four candidates would find a way to legislate away the Citizen’s United ruling: Brolley, Roldan-Johnson, Swanson, and Weber. Term limits are important for Hosta and Weber. Roldan-Johnson likes automatic voter registration, nonpartisan mapping, election holidays and open primaries. Underwood favors reinstating the Voting Rights Act and campaign finance reform. Weber would eliminate the Electoral College and partisan mapping, and Walz focuses on broadening the Democratic base by restoring Democratic values.

hosta
“Frankly, most Democrats realize that campaign funding must be restricted to people and restricted from entities that are classified as persons…Second, term limits are necessary to motivate representatives to accomplish what they were put into office to do.” – Hosta
roldan
“REVERSE CITIZENS UNITED!!! Also, nonpartisan public bodies should draw Congressional districts, not legislatures. Every state should have automatic voter registration. Election days should be federal holidays. Primary elections should be open to all. These are a few things that would help move us in that direction.” – Roldan-Johnson
swanson
“In order for Congress to go back to working for the people instead of corporation we need to overturn Citizens United through a Constitutional amendment. Until that happens, we need to hold our elected officials accountable through voter turnout.” – Swanson
underwood
“To solve this problem, we must elect a new type of representative. A representative who knows she is ultimately accountable to the people, not corporate special interests. I support policies to expand access to voting and protect communities from voter suppression. I support the full reinstatement of the Voting Rights Act. I will fight for campaign finance reform and strongly support disclosing all secret donations.” – Underwood
walz
“Eliminate the corrupting influence of money and, independent from Congress, return the Democratic Party to its roots – serve people first…What’s more our own party must do more attract independent voters who want to see action to back up our words. This means action in areas of Social Justice, mass incarceration, and access to education, equality and standing up for workers. We need to act on what we say we believe and push for policies that put people first, uphold laws on the books now that defend our neighbors from environmental disasters.” – Walz
weber

“My first action in Congress will be to legislate away the Citizens United decision, which polls indicate approximately 80% of Americans are against…I will propose new legislation and then lead the American people in a fight against Congress until they pass it, and then continue on from there, one issue at a time based on what the American people want. For example, polls indicate that 75% of Americans want term limits for people in Congress, 63% want to do away with the Electoral College, 70% want independent commissions to develop Congressional districts and end gerrymandering.” – Weber

brolley
“Ending Citizens United and getting big money out of politics is one of the most important issues of our time because it affects every other issue. Every major issue not being solved today shares the common thread of big money influence public policy. Congress can take the first important step of introducing, considering, and passing an amendment to the Constitution that overturns the Citizens United decision and puts public policy back in the hands of the public.” – Brolley

10. What do you believe the federal government's role should be in education? (i.e. PreK-12, college funding, etc.) Do you support charter schools, vouchers, or 529s for private education?

All the candidates express their support for strong public school systems and disapproval for vouchers. Swanson would expand public offering to universal pre-K. Pell grant expansion gets support from Brolley, Swanson, and Underwood. Student loans are a notable issue for Swanson, Underwood and Weber. Swanson and Weber state that charter schools must be held to the same standards as public schools. Weber supports 529s in order to save for college; all other candidates oppose them or do not express a view.  

roldan

“Public education is the backbone of a strong vibrant, free society. I oppose charter schools, vouchers, and 529’s.” – Roldan-Johnson

swanson
“We need to invest in birth to pre-K care including ensuring universal pre-K in America…If we want to measure the success of charter schools in comparison to public schools we need to hold them to the same standards as public schools…We need to allow students to refinance their student loan debt, and continue to provide loan forgiveness for individuals who enter fields of public service….We need to make trade schools more accessible and classes supporting the trades more available in public schools…However, one cannot overstate the importance that the impact of added funding to our schools has on the academic outcomes of our students.” – Swanson
underwood
“I firmly believe that every child in our community should have access to an excellent public education. Additionally, we should be making it easier for students to afford college by increasing our investment in higher education institutions. I support increased funding for pell grants, increased availability of affordable subsidized student loans, and the continuance of the public service loan forgiveness program.” – Underwood
walz
“I am not in favor our vouchers that only serve to starve funding for our public schools. I believe and work now to ensure educational opportunities are preserved as a vital part of upward mobility for all of our kids.” – Walz
weber
“It should be the role of government to support public education with the end goal being that we have enough Americans trained to fill all of our available jobs…All schools should be required to meet the same student competency levels. For advanced degrees, the government should put priority on financing those degrees that are in high demand; i.e. where we don’t have enough Americans to fill those jobs. And we need to help those with existing debt due to education expenses pay them off with lower rate loans. I do support 529’s as a good way for people to save in advance for college degrees, rather than wait to take out loans and repay them later.” – Weber
brolley
“The federal government’s role in education should be to ensure our workforce is prepared for the jobs of the 21st century… to that end, we should ensure that more Americans are able to afford a four-year education by expanding Pell Grants and lowering federal student loan interest rates…Community colleges and trade schools are terrific and underutilized institutions that our government should encourage more Americans to attend, especially those who have decided that a four-year university isn’t right for them. Before college, the federal government should support a strong public school system by empowering states and teachers on the ground to help set growth targets…ensuring our country has quality public school no matter where they are is something I will always fight for.” – Brolley
hosta
“I do not believe that the Federal government should have any role in education outside of funding and research…I do not support charter schools, vouchers or 529s for private education for individual who freely choose to refuse public programs.” – Hosta

11. How can the federal government address income inequality?

Using the tax code is the most popular solution. Brolley, Roldan-Johnson, Swanson, Walz, and Weber all favor adjustments that would lower taxes on the middle class and/or raise it proportionally on the wealthy. Raising the minimum wage is also popular. Brolley, Underwood, and Walz all support that. Brolley and Weber want to strengthen unions. Underwood advocates for support for working parents.

swanson
“We need to provide tax breaks and credits for those people who spend money…Currently we are losing the middle class. The “silent hand” needs a little shove in the right direction.” – Swanson
underwood
“The cornerstone of economic security is equal pay. Closing the gender wage gap is a priority, and I support interventions such as raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour. To complement this we must pass legislation to establish paid family and sick leave, and ensure families can access affordable child care, so that all parents who want to work are able to do so. We must also increase access to capital for the lowest income Americans.” – Underwood
walz
“I propose raising the Federal minimum wage and return to a marginal tax rate that reduces taxes on working families while making sure top earners pay their fair share.” – Walz
weber
“We need an active, open-minded government to develop policies that are based on sound facts, economics, and science. We also need to develop a fair tax policy which is just the opposite of the GOP plan. Finally, we need to strengthen our unions so that they can assist us in pushing the employee/shareholder balance back to where it was when most people in our country were prospering in the mid-to-late 20th century.” – Weber
brolley
“The federal government can address income inequality by raising the minimum wage, creating a more equitable tax code, and ending the assault on organized labor.” – Brolley
hosta
“Our entire corporate construct is geared toward income inequality.” – Hosta
roldan
“By taxing all income regardless of where it comes from on the same progressive tax scale as tradition income. We should also reduce corporate tax giveaways and use that money to invest in our local communities.” – Roldan-Johnson

12. How do you see the current status of our social safety net and what changes would you like to see made to the programs?

The seven candidates all say that the social safety net is under attack and needs shoring up. Hosta would invest in opportunities in struggling geographic areas. Roldan-Johnson favors a wide expansion of benefits funded by increasing taxes on the wealthy. Brolley, Walz, and Weber would raise the cap on Social Security tax to cover rising costs. Swanson prefers funding an expansion to Medicare and Medicaid by moving to a single payer system.

underwood
“Social Security continues to provide a pathway for hardworking americans to retire with dignity…These earned benefits must be protected. Medicare and Medicaid are critical programs that are run relatively efficiently, however there is always room for improvement…Finally, we have a responsibility to fund the Children’s Health Insurance program (CHIP).” – Underwood
walz

“If elected to Congress, I will strongly defend against any and all cuts to Social Security, including raising the retirement age, adoption of ‘chained-CPI’, or any benefit cut…I believe we should expand Social Security benefits, so current and future retirees don’t have to live out their golden years in financial distress. To do this I will push to eliminate the payroll cap for incomes over $500,000 per year, to broaden the base of this tax and make it fairer and more evenly distributed.” – Walz

weber

“We need to assure the strength of our existing Social Security system into the future. The best way to improve funding for Social Security is to remove the cap on contributions to the system so that the wealthiest Americans contribute more…We need to develop a new portable, mandatory retirement savings system which improves on the 401(k) and includes specified employer contributions to supplement Social Security…And regarding Medicare and Medicaid, these need to be incorporated into a better healthcare system…” – Weber

brolley
“I think our social safety net is under attack, specifically programs like Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid…The only changes I would like to see made to Social Security and Medicare are better funding mechanisms. The best funding reform we can make is raising the cap on the Social Security tax to collect more revenue from higher earners. This new revenue will help support recipients with lower incomes and fund the program to benefit our children in their retirement.” – Brolley
hosta

“I see the current status of our social safety net being threatened…One of many changes that need to take place is the encouragement and establishment of programs to creates businesses and employment in key financially struggling geographic areas.” – Hosta

roldan
“I believe we should strengthen Social Security by increasing benefits, Medicare and Medicaid by expanding services, the ACA by adding a public option, public education by investing in things that work and teachers, homelessness by providing housing not jailtime. We can do all of this by taxing all income as earned income, and increasing the tax rate at the very top.”- Roldan-Johnson
swanson
“We need to create legislation that narrows the gap between the rich and the poor. We need to strengthen social security and ensure that the elderly do not live in poverty. The expanding Medicare and Medicaid costs would be contained if we can move to a single payer system.” – Swanson

13. Tell us three things about yourself that we may not know. (what book you're reading, personal hero, pets, etc. Be as serious or fun as you want.)

For the fun answers…you’re going to have to check out the individual responses! We offer a sincere thank you to our candidates for taking the time to thoughtfully complete our questionnaire.

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  • Writer: Kate Garrett

4 thoughts on “Candidate Q&A for IL-14

  • I appreciate this information on the candidates! I had no idea Hosta is anti-choice, for example. I’ve come closer to a decision among my top 3, although I’m still undecided.
    Whichever Democrat wins, I will advocate for them against Hultgren!

  • Thank you Kate for doing this. This is very valuable information. I was a little saddened that none mentioned a book they were reading.
    The President doesn’t read and it shows.
    My mind is made up. Go Underwood!

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