Dave Carlin: Candidate Profile

42nd District Representative (Republican)

  • Dave Carlin, running for 42nd District Representative

    Dave Carlin, running for 42nd District Representative

Updated 2/10/2012 4:58 PM




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City: Naperville

Website: http://www.CarlinforStateRep.com

Office sought: 42nd District Representative

Age: 36

Family: Married, 2 daughters (ages 3 and 5)

Occupation: District Director, Office of Congressman Joe Walsh

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Education: Bachelor of Arts, Public Administration & Political Science, Augustana College, Rock Island, IL

Civic involvement: Rotary Club of Naperville Sunrise, Former Treasurer; Naperville Sunrise Foundation, Former Treasurer; United Way of DuPage & West Cook, Former Board Member; Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce, Former Member; Lisle Area Chamber of Commerce, Former Member; Woodridge Area Chamber of Commerce, Former Member; Intellectual Diversity Foundation, Board Member; Citizens for Kirk Dillard, Chairman; I volunteer for a number of local charities and political causes.

Elected offices held: Chairman of the Board of Trustees, College of DuPage Lisle Township Republican Organization, Precinct Committeeman

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

Candidate's Key Issues

Key Issue 1

I am fed up with politicians in Springfield, both Republicans and Democrats, who are more concerned with getting reelected than doing what's in the best interests of their constituents, our communities and the State of Illinois.

Key Issue 2

As a guy who has seen the best and worst of government, has been successful and struggled at times, I will strive to represent people who feel they don't have a voice.


I'll always remember where I come from, who I work for, and I won't become part of the problem.

Key Issue 3

I'll sponsor and vote for pension reforms, workman's compensation reforms, tort reforms, education reforms and other legislation which improves the state's overall tax and regulatory environment.

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?

Companies will not grow and create jobs in Illinois, the state's unemployment rate will remain high and people will continue to struggle to keep their homes if Illinois does not stop overspending, overtaxing and over regulating.

I will help the economy in my district and the state by voting to rescind the 67% income tax increase, I'll fight government spending and I'll work to eliminate taxes and regulations that are strangling individuals and businesses.

Instead of passing tax loopholes and bailouts, the General Assembly should focus on improving the overall economic climate of the state for all businesses and individuals.

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?

I will support measures that provide transparency and level the playing field for the average person to seek elective office.

I will also vote for Tom Cross to remain Republican Leader in the House of Representatives.

Leader Cross has shown his willingness to take on the serious issues facing Illinois and he serves his constituents with distinction.

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?

I will work toward significant spending reforms and support measures that require the state to pay its bills on time.

Illinois must get over its gambling addiction.

Online lottery sales, more casinos and all the slot machines in Las Vegas aren't going to repair our credit rating, eliminate the state's $10 to $12 billion dollar budget deficit, or touch the state's $83 to $85 billion dollars of unfunded pension liabilities.

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?

Elected officials in Springfield, both Republicans and Democrats, have failed the people of Illinois by not properly funding Illinois' five pension funds.

I will support legislation like SB512 which begins to address the state's $83 to $85 billion dollars of unfunded pension liabilities.

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?

I believe marriage is between a man and a woman, Illinois should not be in the business of encouraging and funding abortions, Illinois should join the other 49 states which allow concealed carry for personal protection; and the death penalty should be reinstated for the worst among us including serial killers and people who commit heinous crimes against children.