Illinois Family Action endorses Caulkins' House bid
Dan Caulkins has gained the endorsement of Illinois Family Action in his Republican primary campaign for the seat held by retiring Rep. Bill Mitchell (R-Forsyth) in the 101st District.
“Dan has dedicated his life to the service of others, his country, his community and his family,” leaders of the nonprofit political advocacy and lobbying organization said in a press release. “Now, he’s ready to go to Springfield and serve the people of Illinois."
Caulkins, a former Decatur City Council member who previously served more than two decades in the U.S. Army, has already distinguished himself to voters.
“I’ve always believed being a state representative is not a job, but a public service,” he said in the release. “I won’t accept a salary or benefits if I’m elected. I’m not in this for the benefits and I’m not here to play politics. I’m here to do my part to help the people of our state.”
Caulkins previously told the Macon Reporter that voters in the district have simply reached a point where they want someone in Springfield that truly has their best interests at heart.
“Everybody has the same concerns about Springfield and want to see (House Speaker Mike) Madigan and the career politicians swept out to save Illinois,” he said. “We've got to straighten things out. People want to know why politicians never do what they want, and instead seem only concerned about their friends.”
Caulkins and his wife of 43-years, Jo, previously founded a company to build and operate long-term care living facilities for seniors and disabled adult.
The 101st House District includes parts of Champaign, McLean, Dewitt, Macon and Piatt counties.