DOWNERS GROVE – Doug Truax said given the option next election, he thinks voters will find his record as an Army Ranger and business owner favorable over that of Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin.
Truax, a West Point graduate and co-owner of Oak Brook-based Veritas Risk Services, announced his Republican candidacy last week against Durbin, the Senate’s No. 2 Democrat in his third term.
He contrasted his business experience against that of Durbin, whom he characterized as a career politician.
“He’s the past, the old guard,” he said in an interview Monday.
Truax said he has focused priorities on tax reform, specifically lowering the corporate tax rate, closing loopholes and simplifying the code. Doing so would send a message of certainty to business owners and inspire growth, he said.
Truax also said he wants to see more power returned to the states and reduce federal spending.
“I think that, just as I’ve seen, many Illinois voters have seen the years and years of decline here in Illinois and around the country,” he said. “No matter how you measure it, Illinois has been on a decline … and their policies have directly impacted what we’re seeing. I think we can turn it around. We just have to have the right policies and the right leaders.”
This is Truax’s first venture into politics. He said he hopes to build a coalition of “independent-minded” Democrats, Republicans and young people frustrated with the slow economy.
“I know it’s a big state, but it can be done,” he said. “There will be a lot of people interested in this race. Especially as it proceeds further and people see I’m a viable candidate and that Dick Durbin getting re-elected is not inevitable.”
Truax, a New Mexico native, said he has spoken with state and national Republican party leadership, but did not say what was discussed.
Durbin, 68, won his last three terms handily.
The general election is in November 2014.