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Doug Marks: Candidate Profile

33rd District Senate (Libertarian)

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  • Doug Marks, running for 33rd District Senate

    Doug Marks, running for 33rd District Senate




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City: Carpentersville


Office sought: 33rd District Senate

Age: 51

Family: Married to Colette for 18 years

Occupation: Sr Software architect/ Sr Web Developer

Education: Candidate did not respond.

Civic involvement: Boy Scouts Carpentersville Village Board

Elected offices held: Trustee - Village of Carpentersville

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

Candidate's Key Issues

Key Issue 1

Ending the job killing government growing Prevailing Wage Act.

Key Issue 2

Pension reform

Key Issue 3

Right to self defense

Questions & Answers

How would you fix the state's pension gap? Should pension costs be shifted to suburban school districts? Why or why not? Should this issue be voted on in a lame-duck session? Why or why not? How can partisan gridlock be eased to solve the crisis?

First and foremost end the system. Those who have earned will keep what they've earned but moving forward everyone on the pension system will be move to a 401k/IRA type of retirement plan. Shifting is going to provide for more short term damage to the locals property tax payers. The legislature screwed up so now they want to re-shift the burden onto those who already paid. End government growth by ending the Prevailing wage act. This alone will reduce the cost of government, especially locally, by over 20%. This reduction in cost can be used to fund the pension.

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

Prevailing wage act. This act is formulated to make it less expensive and desirable to hire and provide services from within the government instead of using the private sector. End the act and growth of government will stop and a reduction can begin.

What can you do specifically to help the economy in your district? How can you help create jobs in your district and statewide? What is your view of the tax breaks granted to companies like Motorola Mobility, Navistar and Sears?

Not the governments place to "CREATE" jobs. An organization that works like a protection racket cannot be relied upon the create anything except financial loss to the citizens of Illinois. Start cutting job killing taxes and regulation and watch the private sector thrive.

Do you favor limiting how much money party leaders can give candidates during an election? If elected, do you plan to vote for the current leader of your caucus? Why or why not? Do you support or oppose campaign contribution limits? Please explain.

I oppose corporate contributions. Corporation have recently been given personhood by the SCOTUS and I find that to be a huge mistake. As a Libertarian I have no caucus, per se, so voting for them is not on my radar.

Should gay marriage be legalized in Illinois? Should it be voted on in a lame-duck session as civil unions were? Should Illinois define life as beginning at conception? How would you vote on a concealed carry plan? Should the death penalty return?

Government should get out of the business of marriage. The act of two people joining their lives together is a personal situation between them and any religious entity they choose to have or not to have to participate. The government only needs to concern itself with the fairness on how property is handled when a couple decide to merge their financial lives together. Everything should be a civil union from the governments perspective and not deal with anything that has to do with the religion or sexual orientation of the couple.