Jesse Maggitt: Candidate Profile

14th Congressional District (Democratic)

  • Jesse Maggitt, running for 14th Congressional District

    Jesse Maggitt, running for 14th Congressional District

Updated 2/5/2016 10:11 AM

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City: Plainfield


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14th Congressional District

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Age: 46

Family: Wife Natalie,

Children: 3

Occupation: Six Sigma Blackbelt Consultant/ Major, U.S. Army

Education: PhDc, Business Administration

M.S. Human Resource Administration

B.S. Interdisciplinary Studies

Civic involvement: Mchenry County Democrat

Kane County Democrat

Plainfield Township Democrat

Kendall County Democrat

Elected offices held: Candidate did not respond.

Questions & Answers

How will you work to make Congress more productive and effective? What actions are needed to produce a healthy federal budget? Specifically, what changes do you advocate regarding how revenue is produced or what our spending priorities are? In particular, what effect does current policy have on your district and what changes, if any, are needed?

To be more productive, I am going to work on the fundamentals such as personally not opting to shut down our government. As a military veteran, I was on call or in service 24 hours a day. I expect nothing less from our congress. To produce a federal budget we must first detail the exact truth regarding the fiscal state of our nation. We must state the revenues and expenditures by source. To mitigate risk to how the nation will operate, we must justify and present plans which contribute towards the essential services to the country. In District 14, the policy on implementing Affordable Care Act. There is long standing miscommunication regarding the benefit of the act which has led to uncertainty among citizens as to the success of the act. As health insurers either terminate their plans or are not be accepted by emerging hospital systems, citizens are searching and driving considerable miles to find health and mental care services that will accept their plans. A fundamental change in perspective and mutual agreement between healthcare providers and insurers with federal state representatives on what benefits Americans have and where they can go to obtain physical, dental and mental healthcare is required to obtain confidence in the healthcare system

What immigration policies do you support? Where, if at all, do you see room for compromise to produce an effective policy on immigration? How will these policies have an impact in your district?

I support immigration policy to allow increases in the providing more technology, and border patrol agents, supplement by National Guard and Army Reserve soldiers; grant temporary accesses to in-country illegal non-criminal immigrants who have been in America greater than 5 years. I support a rigorous background check and the use of E-verify. There is room to compromise on time-frame an illegal non-criminal immigrants may become a citizen. In District 14, where immigrants work in low wage manufacturing facilities, allowing the path to citizenship through positive will bring stability and a sense of dignity to immigrants who want to be open and law abiding citizens.


What should be the top priorities in Congress related to the Affordable Care Act? If you want changes, what specifically do you recommend? If you want the act entirely eliminated, please address these questions: Is that politically feasible? If it proves infeasible, where do you see the potential for compromise? If it is eliminated, what would you replace it with, if anything?

I believe the congressional priorities related to the Affordable Care Act be 1). Ensure the communication of a bipartisan message of the pros and cons of the act; 2). Quantify the number of Americans obtaining healthcare, especially those who are unemployed and/or homeless; 3). Determine the necessity for repealing the excise tax on High Premium Plans if there is a disproportionate number of Americans affected. The one thing that I would change about ACA is that it should require Individuals who are less than the 138% Federal Poverty and pay child support be required to enroll in mandatory job training for up to 5 months.

What military or diplomatic roles should the United States play to promote peace and stability in the Mideast? Under what circumstances, should we have military forces actively operating?

The United has held the lead in military and diplomatic roles in the Middle East since before 9/11. Its ongoing military role should be to provide support from the air and sea, intelligence and advisory groups to Middle East nation armed ground forces. The key diplomatic role should be facilitate communication, provide realizations of and from the battlefield with Middle East forces in order to plan and implement peaceful multinational and cultural interactions in the region.

Please list any elected office you have ever run for and what the result of that election was. Have you ever been appointed to fill an unexpired term?

In 2013 I ran for Board of Trustees at Joliet Junior College. I was the only Democrat out of 9 candidates. Though not selected to the board I earned the respect of supporters in the district.

What other issues, if any, are important to you as a candidate for this office?

National Security. As a military veteran deployed globally I have a unique perspective on military capabilities, and how national security policies should be implemented. Education: Illinois ranks 3rd in the number of public schools representing over 2.5 million students. We must be aggressive towards positively shaping the mind and future of our children and adult students. Healthcare Reform: The Affordable Care Act requires constant monitoring. This bill is essential to the livelihood of millions of Americans. We must measure what government planned for it to achieve. We must be accurate in our communication in Congress, public and the workplace.

Please name one current leader who most inspires you.

Jimmy Carter, A leader whose post-presidential actions require repeating.

What is the biggest lesson you learned at home growing up?

Challenge yourself often. Some will see you fail. Many will know you succeeded.

If life gave you one do-over, what would you spend it on?

I would spend my life on advancements in medicine or applying space colonization theory to practice.

What was your favorite subject in school and how did it help you in later life?

Physical science was my favorite course. It inspired my imagination and desire to explore the world and create new things.

If you could give your children only one piece of advice, what would it be?

Never resist the urge to be different. This is one way to find the courage to do wonderful things.