TMA praises 40 state and federal candidates who support pro-manufacturing, pro-growth policies

The Technology & Manufacturing Association released the results from 47 state and federal candidates who completed TMA's 2022 candidate questionnaire for the Nov. 8 general election.

The candidates publicly acknowledged their positions related to pro-growth and pro-manufacturing issues.

As Illinois manufacturers endure economic recession and record inflation exacerbated by burdensome taxes and regulations, TMA is informing their members of candidate positions ahead of the Nov. 8 election.

Of those who completed TMA's survey, 9 candidates for federal office and 31 candidates for state office were aligned with manufacturers on at least 80% of the issues discussed.

Illinois Federal Candidates: Kathy Salvi, U.S. Senate; Eric Carlson, CD-1; Justin Burau, CD-3; James Falakos, CD-4; Tommy Hanson, CD-5; Keith Pekau, CD-6; Chris Dargis, CD-8; Catalina Lauf, CD-11; and Scott Gryder, CD-14.

Illinois State Candidates: Kathleen Murray, SD-21; Bill Robertson, SD-27; Sal Raspanti, SD-28; Craig Wilcox, SD-32; Don DeWitte, SD-33; Leonard Griffin, HD-6; Eddie Kornegay, HD-7; Thomas Hurley, HD-8; Alper Turan, HD-9; Mark Albers, HD-15; Charles Hutchinson, HD-18; Matthew Schultz, HD-21; Carl Kunz, HD-32; Tim Ozinga, HD-27; Stefanie Hood, HD-42; Martin McLaughlin, HD-52; Jack Vrett, HD-53; Michele Hunter, HD-54; E Dale Litney, HD-56; Charles Roeske, HD-59; Peter Pettorini, HD-61; Adam Shores, HD-62; Tom Weber, HD-64; Dan Ugaste, HD-65; Connie Cain, HD-66; Joe Sosnowski, HD-69; Jed Davis, HD-75; Jason Haskell, HD-76; Chris Metcalfe, HD-85; John Cabello, HD-90; and Michelle Smith, HD-97.

TMA President Patrick Osborne said, "Manufacturing is a fundamental industry in Illinois, but far too few elected officials promote legislation that supports this key sector of our economy. This survey reflects candidates' commitment to promote and grow Illinois small and midsize manufacturing - which also means they promote the creation and sustainability of good-paying jobs in our state. We thank all the office-seekers who completed our 2022 candidate survey, and we hope that voters carefully consider candidates' support for manufacturing when they vote in the upcoming election."

See the full results and responses at

About TMA: Founded in 1925, the Technology and Manufacturing Association is an independent trade organization exclusively focused on assisting small and midsize manufacturers by providing a diverse portfolio of benefits and services, including: community, information, training, resources, and advocacy. TMA has nearly 1,000 members representing over 35,000 manufacturing employees and more than 25 million square feet of manufacturing plant.

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