Dan Caulkins: Elect more Republicans to ensure change
Dan Caulkins doesn’t want voters to leave anything to chance on election day.
“People need to be thinking about the seriousness of this election and the consequences behind allowing people to be elected that don’t have our values,” Caulkins told Chambana Sun. “The only way we assure that doesn’t happen any longer is by going to the polls in massive numbers and electing more Republicans across the state.”
Caulkins said his state House race against Democrat Jen McMillin in the 101st District would be a great place to start.
“She supports things like a progressive tax that I am totally opposed to,” he said. “I think the people of this state are taxed enough and it's past time we start showing more fiscal restraint and responsibility."
Caulkins added he also finds it irresponsible that McMillin would be pushing so many new programs and initiatives at a time when the state is heavily in debt.
“Until we return the state to a place where we can pay our current bills, we don’t need to be thinking about any new programs,” he said. “Her approach is to just raise taxes, truthfully speaking that will only drive more people away from this state.”
Steering the state in the right direction starts with re-electing Gov. Bruce Rauner, Caulkins said.
“We definitely need him in office and on board to help with redistricting in a couple years,” Caulkins said. “Overall, Republicans have just proven to be better for the state, and I’m working to make people aware we are the party that stands for lower taxes and greater efficiency in government.”
With election day so close, Caulkins said he feels confident about the sense of urgency he’s getting from voters.
“There’s plenty of enthusiasm for Republican candidates and I’m looking for a solid turnout,” he said. “New leadership is needed in Springfield for Illinois to rise again and the consensus among most is that (House Speaker) Mike Madigan has to go.”
The 101st House District spans parts of Champaign, DeWitt, Macon, McLean and Piatt counties.