HAPPY NEW YEAR 2020!
And with the new year comes a new opportunity for change! We came close in our campaign for a more representative government last election, and with that added extra push, we can achieve our goal! So it's time to roll up our sleeves (metaphorically speaking - it's cold out there!) and get the citizens of the 70th district the representation they deserve.
Phase 1 is complete - we gathered way more than enough signatures to get on the ballot, and this year we've got no primary opponent. From my conversations on the doorsteps, I know we've still got momentum from last year. With your help in spreading the message we can prevail. You can participate in many ways - donations, of course, but also by volunteering to canvas your neighborhood, host house parties, write letters to the editor, and just talking with friends and neighbors. Remember - it's a government of the PEOPLE, by the PEOPLE, and for the PEOPLE! Be one of the people!
ILLINOIS NEEDS A CHANGE.
I Will Fight For:
The people of Illinois need a fair and affordable tax system. Our current tax system is a burden on Illinois families and needs to change. Paul will fight for a fair and progressive tax structure allowing middle-class families to keep more of their income.
I will work to hold lawmakers accountable by advocating for local campaign finance reform and put an end to party-politics of gerrymandering.
A Fair and Balanced Budget:
Illinois had a 2 year budget impasse that affected our state financially and hit the citizens of Illinois the hardest. As a member of the DeKalb county board, Paul has experienced working with members of both parties to pass a fair and balanced budget. A budget impasse is costly both financially and to the citizens of Illinois who rely on social services and education. Paul will work to make sure a budget impasse never happens in the state again.
NewsTuesday, June 25, 2019 11:34 AM
Thank you to the DeKalb Daily Chronicle for allowing me to write a guest column on a topic that is of great concern to me as a scientist, a politician and a citizen of the world.
Wednesday, July 18, 2018 10:51 AM
You may have heard that there have been some machinations in our State Representative Race. Incumbent Bob Pritchard resigned early, and was appointed by Governor Rauner to fill a vacancy on NIU's Board of Trustees. I think with his legislative experience, and history of friendship with the University, Bob is an excellent choice to fill that role.
To fill the vacancy left by Bob's retirement, the Republican Parties of Boone, DeKalb, and Kane Counties have appointed my opponent, Jeff Keicher.
I'm actually kind of flattered that the Republicans feel threatened enough by our campaign to put all this in motion. I still have the greatest confidence in our ability to win this race, but in the meantime, congratulations to Jeff.
Friday, May 18, 2018 5:04 PM
US House Fails to Pass Farm Legislation
So today, the US House of Representatives failed to pass the farm bill. A perfect example of what's wrong with the way we currently do politics. The bill failed for two reasons, neither of which had anything to do with helping our farmers. Those two things were the inclusion of tougher working conditions for SNAP (a.k.a. food stamp) recipients (which cost Democratic votes), and an intra-party fight among Republicans over immigration policy (which cost Republican votes). Both were moves designed to win political points. It was putting politics ahead of policy. Party ahead of country. SNAP should be a separate vote, as should immigration. If legislation is helpful, it should pass. Period. Let's start thinking about our citizens, and stop worrying so much about our parties.
Saturday, March 24, 2018 11:12 AM
March for our Lives inspires Boston Globe article
Today, as thousands of students and others march in cities around the country calling for action to curtail gun violence in schools and elsewhere, the Boston Globe has listed seven steps Massachusetts has taken that have reduced their gunshot fatalities to the lowest in the nation:
Tuesday, March 20, 2018 10:32 PM
The Primary is Over - We Won! On to November!!
The results are in - we're moving on to November! Thanks to my opponent, Howard Solomon, for running a good, clean race. Between the two of us, we had the chance to talk to voters across the district and raise many good issues. Thanks to all the people who supported us with their votes, efforts, and checkbooks. Special thanks to Julie Rogers and Jackie Schmack for their efforts knocking doors and handling communication. And my most sincere thanks to my campaign manager, Randi Olson, for everything she's done and all the time and effort she's devoted to this race.
I look forward to working with all of you as we move forward and continue to spread our message throughout the district.