Four credible candidates lined up to run in the Republican contest for Illinois Senate District 31 following incumbent Republican Suzi Schmidt's decision not to seek re-election. They are Lake County Tea Party leader Linwood "Lennie" Jarratt of Round Lake Beach, an activist in Grayslake Elementary District 46; 18-year former Lake County Board member Larry Leafblad of Grayslake; Joe Neal of Wadsworth, a civil and transportation engineer and Navy Civil Engineer Corps officer who is the son of former Lake County GOP Chairman Robert Neal; and Michael White of Lindenhurst, a 22-year military veteran who ran for governor in 2010, initially on the Constitution Party slate and later as an independent write-in after the Constitution Party was ousted from the ballot. While all four candidates have something to offer voters, we endorse White for a cost-cutting approach that includes pension reform and eliminating spending on a third airport, high-speed rail and college scholarships granted by legislators. We like White's ideas for building a coalition with other freshman lawmakers to accomplish goals in Democrat-led Springfield and support White's pledge not to accept a legislative pension, if elected. District 31 cuts a large swath through Lake County, running from Winthrop Harbor to parts of Wauconda.
posted: 2/22/2012 12:01 AM
White in Illinois Senate 31, GOP
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