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Linwood Jarratt: Candidate Profile

31st District Senate (Republican)

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  • Linwood Jarratt, running for 31st District Senate

    Linwood Jarratt, running for 31st District Senate




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City: Round Lake Beach


Office sought: 31st District Senate

Age: 47

Family: Married 18 years, two children

Occupation: Small Business Owner providing Website Design and Consulting

Education: A.S. Mathematics - Richard Bland College, B.S. Mathematics with Computer Science Concentration - Virginia State University

Civic involvement: Lake Villa Township Republican Club, Local Government Transparency Advocate, One of the Founders of the Lake County Tea Party

Elected offices held: Precinct Committeeman, Lake Villa, 2008 - 2012

Have you ever been arrested for or convicted of a crime? If yes, please explain: No

Candidate's Key Issues

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Questions & Answers

What can you do specifically to help the economy in your district? What is your view of the tax breaks granted to companies like Motorola Mobility, Navistar and Sears? For incumbents, how did you vote on the Sears plan in this fall's veto session?

Create a business friendly environment to keep jobs from moving across the state line to Wisconsin.

All businesses in IL need lower taxes and a stable future. Uncertainty of what the next regulation, fee or when the state will pay it's bills is preventing business owners from growing and creating jobs.

Do you favor limiting how much money party leaders can give candidates during a general election? If elected, do you plan to vote for the current leader of your caucus' Why or why not?

The party should be able to help it's candidates during the general election.

I am focused on getting elected first and not on caucus leadership.

How, specifically, would you cut the budget? What does Illinois need to do to fix its status as a "deadbeat state?" How have you or will you vote on future gambling bills' What is your view of slots at racetracks' Casino expansion?

First, I would work to get the Long Term Accounting Act passed, then work on moving to FACT based accounting so the true cost of each program can be accurately assessed. This true costs will allow a better prioritization of the available funds and more efficient government.

No gambling expansion, slots or new casinos.

These are just another tax on the poor and most vulnerable.

What do you specifically support to deal with the state's pension gap? Would you vote for House Republican Leader Tom Cross's three-tier pension plan? Why or why not?

We must protect the pensions of current retirees and the current pensions already earned. We must then change the system moving forward or it will affect all areas of government from local schools, townships, counties and retirees.

The tiered pension plan proposed is a step in the right direction.

Should gay marriage be legalized? Should Illinois define life as beginning at conception as others have? How would you vote on a concealed carry firearm plan? Should the death penalty be reinstated?

No Yes Yes Yes