Editor’s note: Early voting for the June 28 primary began on May 19. The State Journal-Register has asked some candidates in contested races to answer questions related to the position they are applying for.
Professional experience: IRS/Tax law instructor, Audits/Criminal review & Police officer
School background: High school graduate, expert in IRS 1-20 tax law
Family history: Wife for 32 years, married to a decorated police officer, mother of six children (6), grandmother of 22 children
Agriculture is one of the largest industries in southern Illinois. What key changes would you like to make to federal agricultural policy to benefit Illinois farmers?
Consider repealing agricultural risk coverage. Congress considered this issue but, at best, stalled. The ARC program provides payments when agricultural producers fail to meet expectations. This program is open in its terms and does not address terms and cost.
Separating food stamps from agricultural programs has been a failure and very little oversight. Our agricultural program needs a major overhaul. We need policies that will tackle wasteful spending. Congress should separate the food stamp program from this agency.
With agricultural free trade, we have a significant opportunity to address trade and exports, which in itself would drive job growth in areas of Illinois. We must encourage foreign trade in wheat, corn, soybeans and rice.
Make changes to the Clean Water Act. Our laws need many changes for this central theme that needs to be overhauled.
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Toxic political polarization has permeated the landscape. How will you work to bridge the gap?
I have traveled this state from top to bottom, from side to side. I’ve seen the best and the worst of our state. I met Democrats and Republicans. And I didn’t dwell on their political affiliation. I focused on them, Take off the party and people watch. I will work hard to show those who voted for me and those who didn’t vote for me that their party doesn’t matter. What do I care? Are they correctly represented? Show them that I can work with them no matter what, my goal is to gain their mutual respect. I don’t care what your religion is, I don’t care what your party affiliation is, I don’t care… I care about YOU the voter, leave your bags at the door when you walk into Senator Peggy’s office Hubbard, I will be the people’s senator.
In 2020, a record 45,222 people died from gunshot wounds in the United States, including suicides and murders, according to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control. What, if anything, needs to be done to control guns?
We have many gun laws on the books, the problem we have is. Our laws are not enforced. the weapon is not the problem. These are the people with the guns. Illinois has the strictest laws in the country. Look at Chicago, in 2021 over 461 people were shot. The majority of offenders were arrested and released within hours!
We have a gun free prison system, in 2018 over 120 people were murdered in our correctional facilities…THAT WAS GUN FREE ZONES! The deadliest weapon known to man is the human heart. Cain killed his brother with a stone!