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Local House, DuPage County candidates answer questions at community forum

Published: Friday, Feb. 14, 2014 5:21 p.m. CST • Updated: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 9:47 p.m. CST

WHEATON – Wheaton and Glen Ellyn League of Women Voters groups joined the Wheaton Chamber of Commerce in hosting a candidate forum Thursday for the upcoming primary elections this March.

All candidates from the state representative districts 42 and 48 and county board districts 4 and 6 who had a primary challenger were invited, according to the league.

Candidate Peter Breen was unable to attend, so 48th district incumbent Rep. Sandy Pihos was limited to giving a three minute statement.

Some quotes on why they were running or why they should get a primary vote:

"Springfield, as you know, sometimes is the Hatfields and McCoys, but having been in the minority for all these years, you have to learn about collaboration and cooperation without giving up the sense of any of the values that you take to Springfield."

– Rep. Sandy Pihos, R-Glen Ellyn

"The last couple of years has not been the easiest time to start a family in the state of Illinois. Like so many families in this community, we've struggled with the effects of the economic downturn, and so I am running for state representative because I believe our district deserves a representative who will deliver visible results that benefit the families of our community in their day-to-day lives."

– Adam Johnson, R-Wheaton

"It is humbling to serve the district of 42, because I know that we represent some of the best citizens in the state of Illinois, and certainly the people that contribute to the economy the most. And I am proud to have stood strong on good policy for district 42, I'm proud to have spoken up for you."

– Rep. Jeanne Ives, R-Wheaton

"For my day job, I am the Chief of Staff to state senator Tom Cullerton. [...] I fill the unseen potholes of government. When people come to me, it's usually on a bad day and they've already talked to a million bureaucrats and the inevitable question is asked 'Why does government work this way?' My main goal as your county board member is to make sure that you don't ask that question."

– Jeremy R. Custer

"You know that the hallmarks of the Republic party is small government and low taxes, and that's what I've spent a career working on. If it was easy to have stepped forward and try to work on the downtown [of] Wheaton, somebody else would have done it before I got there. If it was easy to start consolidation at DuPage County [...] somebody would have started it before I got there. [...] I'm a workhorse, not a showhorse. I work on the problems that are the most difficult to solve."

– DuPage board member Grant Eckhoff

"As a colonel in the United States Army reserves, I was deployed for this country five of the last 12 years. I've been shot at and rocketed. I've been vetted over a 30 year career. When it comes to my occupation when I came back from Iraq during this last tour, I was unemployed like so many thousands of people are, and I had to work my way back into corporate America, first as a consultant for several years, then my client finally decided he was going to hire me and make the investment in me. Pre-vetted – you know who I am."

– Kevin R. Wiley

"I have a track record of helping others in the community. Given the chance, I'd like the opportunity to help the rest of the residents of DuPage County. As a concerned citizen, I spearheaded a nonbinding referendum against dual public holders, which was double dipping, that was put on the ballot and was affirmed by 96 percent of the voters of DuPage County."

– Paula McGowen

"I came to this country 30 years ago with a few thousand dollars in my pocket, and in God's grace this country has given me everything. I raised my family here and when I moved from Chicago I did not want to go to Naperville, I did not want to go to Oak Brook or Burr Ridge, I wanted to live in Lombard. [...] If you like your money, I'm the person for you."

– M. Moon Khan

"I have a passion for DuPage County [...] and I want to make sure our taxes stay low, that we continue to have good-paying jobs, a great educational system, so when my two kids get done with college they are able to come back and raise their families here in DuPage County. I'm willing to be a public servant."

– Valerie Ann Bruggeman

"Because this is my first run at public office, I'm in touch with all of you voters, more than the incumbent who has spent nearly half of his life in public office. [...] No one is forever, and I think it's time for a new voice on the county board, and I hope you choose me."

– Ronald A. Almiron

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