An email from Lakewood Village Trustee Allen Skillicorn:
For those following the race for our next State Representative – yesterday, I made a very difficult decision to step out of this race, but, ultimately, I believe it was the right decision.
I have said, from day one, that this race for the 66th District seat was not about me.
My campaign to “Take Back Illinois” was not about Paul Serwatka’s aspirations of a seat in Springfield.
It was about something much bigger.
It was about rolling up my sleeves, jumping into the trenches and FIGHTING for the reform we are in such desperate need of in Illinois.
“I kept waiting for somebody to do something – Then, I realized I AM SOMEBODY!”
In recent weeks, a very alarming amount of money began pouring into this race.
Even more alarming, were some of the sources of that money.
Then, at the end of February, I announced my intentions to establish a property tax relief fund, to which I would donate my salary, to fight for reform in the local taxing bodies that impact our property taxes – particularly school district boards.
Subsequently, more than a quarter million dollars poured into the campaigns of some of my opponents, much of which was from some very unsavory groups including Illinois’ largest lobby group, the Illinois Education Association (otherwise known as the Teacher’s Union) who are largely responsible for financing/influencing the campaigns of school board members.
The injection of this money left me far out-funded, and put the one candidate whom I believe to be our worst possible choice, in a very strong position.
That candidate is Carolyn Schofield.
While Carolyn purports to stand with Governor Rauner and his Turn Around Agenda, she actually attempted to stop it in its tracks on our county board last year.
While Carolyn claims to agree that Prevailing Wage mandates are a big problem in Illinois, she has voted in favor of Prevailing Wage mandates every single year!
While Carolyn claims she doesn’t agree with a currently proposed tax on retirement income, she is endorsed and financially supported by the very legislator who sponsored a bill to do exactly that in 2013.
She is also endorsed and financially supported by other Springfield politicians who are in favor of this proposed retirement tax, toady!
Socially speaking, Carolyn’s pro-abortion stance is pretty well known as well.
“It’s the law of the land” she states, “and I follow the law.”
I truly believe that sending Carolyn Schofield to Springfield will lead to greater detriment for all of Illinois and my stepping out of the race is one way to prevent that from happening.
My hope is that those who supported me will now get behind, and support Allen Skillicorn.
Allen is the only other conservative voice for reform in this race.
Allen and I have had our differences, but in the end we see pretty much eye-to-eye on policy as well as the need to take a hard stand in the fight to saving Illinois.
PLEASE join me in voting for ALLEN SKILLICORN.