A longtime accountant and former television producer, both involved in local politics, are vying to become the Republican nominee for the 66th House District.
The candidates are Connie Cain from Gilberts and Arin Thrower from West Dundee. The winner of the June primary will go to the November election and face State Rep. Suzanne Ness, D-Crystal Lake, who currently represents the district.
The 66th Home District, part of the new state legislative district map approved last year, includes parts of McHenry and Kane counties and stretches nearly 20 miles from Crystal Lake to Elgin.
For Cain, who describes herself as a “proud veteran” after serving in the Army Reserves for eight years and a lifelong Illinois resident, the main concern is to reduce the tax burden placed on Illinois residents. Illinois through the state pension system.
She has been involved for the past five years with the Lincoln Lobby, an offshoot of the Illinois Policy Institute that focuses on holding elected officials accountable on a range of issues, including the economy and corruption, according to her Facebook page. .
Thrower, who became Dundee Township Supervisor last year, said one of her main concerns was to eliminate excessive public spending and restore checks and balances within state policy. .
She also said her experience as a supervisor gives her a head start in making connections and understanding local infrastructure needs that depend on state funding.
Both candidates cited economic concerns and the ability of Democrats to unilaterally pass legislation. They also pointed to criminal justice legislation known as the Safe-T Act and the law that allows minors to have abortions without telling their parents, which each said they would work to repeal. .
“Girls as young as 11 need parental consent to get tattoos or go in a tanning bed, but won’t their parents know if they get an abortion?” said Cain. “Parents should not be left in the dark about the welfare of their child.”
Thrower said “everyone I’ve spoken to thinks this bill is wrong,” noting that Ness voted for the measure.
Cain said she thinks one-sided decision-making is also to blame for issues with current district maps and the state pension system.
Thrower, who has described the criminal justice legislation as “anti-police” and “pro-criminal,” said Gov. JB Pritzker and state House Democrats are not following checks and balances.
“Our governor has taken a stand-alone approach since the pandemic, which isn’t working,” Thrower said. “In the upstate, the community doesn’t want to see one side take control and make unilateral decisions. I think we have better results when we collaborate.
Cain said Illinois is one of only three states — along with Mississippi and West Virginia — to experience population declines in the 2020 census, according to a census report on the Midwestern states of Illinois. ‘last year. The population loss was 0.1%.
“The state is underperforming,” Cain said. “Meanwhile, the Midwest region is growing except for us. It has nothing to do with the cold weather. It is a matter of public policy.
Both candidates said they would try to limit excessive public spending as much as possible.
Thrower said she believes program redundancy has happened at every level, and it was one of the first reasons she decided to run for township supervisor in 2020.
Cain described the state’s public pension system as “the biggest financial problem we have.” She said she thinks an amendment to the state constitution will be needed to adjust future pensions.
“I fully support the protection of earned benefits, and public employees deserve the benefits they worked for,” Cain said. “But we should change future benefits to make them more affordable for taxpayers. Young people have more flexibility, have a longer time horizon to save for their retirement.
Thrower said she would like to introduce legislation, if she wins, that would allow projects such as solar farms to be placed on government-owned land, where the revenue would help pay for maintenance or potentially go back to taxpayers. .