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13th District candidates face off

Voters will decide which candidates will represent their respective districts in the U.S. House of Representatives during the Illinois primary elections on March 18.

Democrats

Ann Callis is from Madison County and was a judge for 18 years. After graduating from Cornell, she enlisted in the Army. A key issue for Callis is cutting the deficit without hurting the middle-class family while at the same time not giving massive tax breaks to millionaires.

George Gollin lives in Champaign and received a physics degrees from Harvard and Princeton. His transition into public life occurred when he wrote a report about a group of people selling fake college degrees. He was threatened by this group, but persevered in the courts and he believes this experience can help him persist against corruption if elected in the 13th district. A few of the issues Gollin has focused upon in this primary election include strengthening our regulatory system to ensure that collapses like 2008 do not happen again and expanding credit to help small businesses start and grow. He also supports marriage equality, the Affordable Care Act and enacting a crash program of alternative energy development and commercialization.

David Green grew up in Los Angeles and graduated from UCLA in 1973 with a bachelor’s degree in history. He earned his doctorate in social foundations of education. He resides in Champaign currently. The key issues Green will focus upon if elected include drug de-criminalization, a ban on fracking and looking for means to combat climate change, stopping the disproportionally incarcerating of African American males and equal pay for women.

Republicans

Rodney Davis was sworn in as the representative for the 13th congressional district last year and will be running again this year. He serves currently on the Illinois House Committees on Agriculture and Transportation and Infrastructure. The key issues Davis pledges to tackle include putting an end to overspending, addressing the nation’s skyrocketing debt and work to improve the economy to provide a better quality of life for families. Davis is an advocate for tax reform and firm government accountability.

Michael Firsching attended Eastern Illinois University, the University of Arizona and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. He earned his doctorate in veterinary medicine from the University of Illinois. Firsching believes in a limited government. He wants to change the notion that the federal government can ignore the limiting principles of the Constitution. Some key issues for Firsching include representing the minority over majority rule, simplifying tax codes and addressing economic issues rationally.

Erika Harold was born and raised in Champaign-Urbana. She graduated from the University of Illinois with a bachelor’s degree in political science. Harold attended Harvard Law School next in her academic career. A key issue for Harold is supporting policies that affirm human dignity and promote reform within the criminal justice system. She will ensure that farmers have the safeguards needed to continue operating, residents enumerated rights are protected and plans to create a climate conducive to the expansion of businesses and job opportunities.

 

Voting Checklist

  • Must meet the voting age requirement to participate in the primary election.
  • Bring a government-issued ID to the polling location. You will need to present it to vote. 
  • Pay attention to your voter’s registration card. After registration, a precinct and ward number are listed on the voter’s registration card. These numbers determine the voter’s polling place.
  • Choose your polling location; there are over 30 polling places in the Bloomington-Normal Area; the Bone Student Center is an option for ISU students and staff. A complete list of locations is available on the McLean County website.
  • If you are unable to make it to the polls on Election Day, make sure to fill out an absentee ballot. Voters can visit the Board of Elections office until March 15 for early voting. Office hours are Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to noon.
  • Be aware of polling hours. The polls open at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. on Election Day.

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