Jim Dodge, Republican candidate for Illinois Comptroller, continued his campaign this weekend, including a stop at the Wheeling Township (Northwest Cook County) meeting.
“I’ve had an opportunity to speak with so many people across the state and there is a recurring concern; the same I heard this weekend from Republicans in Wheeling Township,” Dodge said. “Republicans across the conservative spectrum as well as rank and file Republicans really do want a clean break with the politics of the past. They want new leadership to help rebuild the Republican party. They’re confirming their belief that 2010 can be a great year for Republicans, if we have to have the right candidates for November.”
Dodge said he is the right candidate. “I have the passion, energy and commitment to campaign in all 102 Illinois counties from Feb. 3 all the way to 7 p.m., Nov. 2” he said.
Among his main concerns is the state’s horrendous financial condition. “We need to take a serious look at the fact that right now Illinois owes roughly $82 billion in pension and retirement obligations that are not funded. As large as that number is, it not even the total debt. It’s important that Illinois residents vote in people to get us moving in the right direction and it’s quite obvious this means new leadership,” he said.
As Dodge travels the state he also is hearing from Republicans that they want the new leadership to adhere to core Republican values like smaller government that does its job well. “Voters will not put someone into office who is not qualified to do the job. Those days are gone. The folks I’m talking to are looking at this upcoming election as though they are doing the hiring for a company. And they are only going to hire someone who is actually qualified do the job they are hired to do. In the case of the office of comptroller, it needs to be someone who is qualified in the area of finance and is a fiscal conservative,” he said.
A vice president of a global marketing information company, Dodge holds an MBA from the University of Chicago with concentrations in finance and economics. He recently began his sixth term as an elected official in Orland Park, and serves on the Metra Board of Directors. More information is available at www.JimDodge2010.com.
Dodge has two GOP primary opponents: former state treasurer Judy Baar Topinka and local cable television producer Bill Kelly.