To the Editor:
I am writing because I want people to take notice of Paul Stoddard, who is running for Illinois state representative for District 70. He worked as a professor at NIU in DeKalb and earned his Ph.D from Northwestern University. But more importantly, he has been involved with the community in a number of ways and has achieved results. As chairman of the DeKalb County Board's Finance Committee, he has balanced the budget three consecutive years. Prior to that, he worked across the aisle and was able to get the minority party more involvedin the governing process by giving them control of several committees.
NIU is one of the largest employers and economic drivers in the 70th District. However, not just NIU, but all universities in Illinois are struggling for two main reasons. The state is years behind in providing its share of funding at a time when student enrollment is declining. Having worked at a university, Paul Stoddard appreciates the value of a quality education, understands the university system, and is uniquely qualified to address these issues.
Paul Stoddard wants to reform Springfield, reinvest in Illinois and rework the tax structure. He wants to replace gerrymandered districts with nonpartisan maps and push for local funding of campaigns to reduce outside money and political influence.
It is refreshing to have a candidate who is willing to listen and work with members of both parties. Vote for Paul Stoddard on Nov. 6.