The March 16 primary election season was a rewarding experience for me. I got to know Joe Wiegand, the Republican challenger for the 70th District of the Illinois House. It is refreshing to know that people like Joe are willing to serve in our government.
I am an independent voter. In fact, when I placed my vote for Joe it was the first time I had ever voted on a partisan ballot. Even if he had won the nomination I would have remained independent.
I believe in our two party system but I am sick of the way the system is practiced. Partisanship, to the degree it is played in Washington, Springfield -- and certain local governmental units -- seems to survive only to discredit the opposition party. The attacks ads just keep getting worse. And its deflating to make a choice for the lesser of two evils.
Joe Wiegand ran a clean, issue oriented campaign. What impressed me most about him was he actually ran against being "politically correct." In these times of not right nor wrong but politically correct it was inspiring to hear a political candidate give direct posit and answer to whatever question was asked of him.
In his tenure on the DeKalb County Board, Joe had worked to get the current tax cap laws on the ballot to empower the people to decide. He'd like to give voters the same power to decide whether or not a school voucher system would produce a better, more efficient, education. I know of no better definition for representative.
The solution of education finance reform offered by Wiegand is one that needs to be considered on merit and not special interests. A majority of informed voters always make the best choice.
No further proof is needed that DeKalb County is blessed with lots of great people than knowing the voters in the 70th District will choose between longtime residents Bob Pritchard-R, and Bob Brown-D. There will be no shortage of character.
Mr. Pritchard became quite vocal about taking the job to fight for property tax relief, create jobs and make Illinois more business-friendly. It will be interesting to hear his ideas on how he will accomplish those goals.
And now that it is Mr. Brown's turn to step into the spotlight, I am eager to hear his views and ideas. It's fun being an independent. :-)