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Michael Mason: Candidate Profile

6th District U.S. Representative (Democrat)

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  • Michael Mason, running for 6th District U.S. Representative

      Michael Mason, running for 6th District U.S. Representative

 

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Note: Answers provided have not been edited for grammar, misspellings or typos. In some instances, candidate claims that could not be immediately verified have been omitted.

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Bio

City: Naperville

Website: michaelmasonforcongress.com

Office sought:

6th District U.S. Representative

Age: 60

Family: Married, 3 children, 2 grandchildren

Occupation: Retired

Education: Bachelors-Political Science- Illinois State University

Masters-Business Administration-Keller Graduate School of Management

Civic involvement: WheatonBriarcliff Baseball-Coached sons team for 5 years.

Naperville Ribfest-Volunteer.

Elected offices held: None

Have you ever been arrested for or convicted of a crime? If yes, please explain: More than 40 years ago I was arrested for alcohol possession by a minor. I was 20 years old at the time and I believe I was fined.

Questions & Answers

Why are you running for this office? Is there a particular issue that motivates you, and if so, what is that?

I am running to ensure all constituents are afforded the opportunity of achieving the American dream like I did. Particular issues I will pursue are job creation in the district, preserving women's rights (fair pay, healthcare, preventing violence), immigration reform and increasing the minimum wage.

What differentiates you most from your opponents in the race?

I will represent all constituents in the district, from the less fortunate to the people in the top economic stratums. Obstruction and shutting down the government are not sound governing strategies. The current congress is the least productive in history and it is time to change the players.

Do you support moving ahead with the Affordable Care Act? Why or why not? Which parts of the law, if any, would you change?

I support the Affordable Care Act. I believe it is unconscionable for the greatest country on earth to leave 40 million people uninsured. Neither my opponent nor my opponent's party have yet to put forth a comprehensive health care plan other than the status quo, which is unacceptable.

What specifically would you do to end gridlock and partisan infighting in the U.S. House and promote cooperative problem-solving?

Partisan, party politics created the current atmosphere. My responsibility would be the well being of the district and my constituents. Staying true to your convictions and reaching across the aisle are not mutually exclusive. Congressmen need to be able to compromise in order to solve anything.

What should the U.S. House do, and what specifically will you do, to avoid another government shutdown?

The shutdown cost the economy $24 billion. Ultimatums are not the answer and the economy cannot afford another reckless shutdown. I would form a bipartisan group with moderate Republicans to ensure sufficient votes to avoid another shutdown. Shutdowns are bad for the economy and bad for business.

Do you favor measures included in Senate Bill 744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013? Specifically, which segments do you support, if any, and which segments do you oppose, if any? Are there other proposals related to immigration that you support or oppose?

I generally favor the measures in Senate Bill 744, in particular, the E verify provision and the "W" worker provision. While a secure border is absolutely necessary, one troubling part is that the pathway cannot begin until completion of the 700 mile long fence. A multi pronged approach is needed.

On what issues would you break with your party, or have you broken with your party, and why?

It is necessary that both political parties govern with a shared concern for the common good. I would not break on any social safety issues or measures detrimental to the middle class. I could break with my party on some military issues where I believe the interests of the country are at stake.

Should federal spending cuts known as the sequester be continued in their current form? Why or why not? Where specifically would you cut the federal budget, if any? What areas, if any, would you exempt from cuts?

The automatic and thoughtless sequester cuts should not be continued as is. Cuts could come from a revision of the 27 year old tax code. Duplication in program and military spending would result in cuts and savings. Social safety net programs, like food stamps, would be exempt from further cuts.

How would you vote on cutting Social Security and/or Medicare?

I would vote no to cutting Social Security or Medicare. We need to protect our seniors who have spent their lives supporting us.

Finally, is there anything we haven't asked about that you feel we should know?

This congress (9% approval) is the least productive in history. Congress seems to work more to ensure political party purity and their own job preservation rather than for the good of country and its people. I am running to change this and will represent all of the people of the Sixth District.

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