Experience versus change in 50th District race
BY ERIKA WURST email@example.com November 1, 2012 2:34PM
50th District State Representative incumbent republican Kay Hatcher and democratic candidate Andrew Bernard answer questions during a meet the candidates night at the Old Kendall County Courthouse in Yorkville on Thursday, October 18, 2012. | Steven Buyansky~Sun-Times Media
Previous office: Democratic chairman of Geneva Township
Campaign site: www.andrewbernard.org
Previous office: Incumbent state representative in the 50th Illinois House District
Campaign site: www.khatcher.com
Updated: December 3, 2012 6:21AM
One candidate will rely on experience, while the other will rely on change in hopes of securing a seat in the Illinois House 50th District.
Republican incumbent Kay Hatcher is being challenged by Democrat Andrew Bernard in the 50th District, which covers portions of Kane, Kendall and LaSalle Counties
Hatcher said her years of experience and innovation are reasons she should keep her seat in Springfield.
“I think in today’s environment, it’s especially important that experience counts,” she said. “As a local representative of the people, of school boards, of county boards, I have learned to balance a budget, invests people’s money wisely ... I understand the ripple effect of what happens when you amend budgets.”
Hatcher said she wants to change the ethical standing of Illinois government and restore people’s faith in Springfield.
“My goal is to continue to speak for the people of the 50th District and to protect them from undue legislation,” she said.
She said there are two pieces of legislation she is working on that are especially important. She wants to ensure that the Illinois Department of Transportation puts signs up for businesses that are impacted whenever a road is widened or changed. And, if a major rebuild of the roadway is required, Hatcher said she wants IDOT to do an economic analysis of the impact that change will have on local business.
“We need to get a bigger handle on how the state interacts with businesses,” she said.
Hatcher said her experience as a professional senior advocate has helped her protect the dignity of those ages 60 and over, and her experience as a member of many Illinois Chambers of Commerce have taught her that taxes are not the answer to the state’s fiscal woes.
“When you want to get the state’s fiscal house in order, it means changing the way Illinois does businesses. We need to be more business friendly, and less tax-oriented,” she said.
For Bernard, it’s change he hopes to bring to Springfield.
“The past decades of public service in Illinois have simply been embarrassing,” he said. “The way our public servants act is Springfield is not up to par. It is time to stop the bickering between the two political parties who are both failing to meet the needs of the general public.”
Bernard calls his initiative the “Key 3 Plan,” which he hopes will “place Illinois on the right track for financial stability and future success.”
Job creation, income tax relief and welfare reform are the focal points of his campaign.
“As a legislator, I will fully support investing in new infrastructure in the 50th District and throughout Illinois. Investing in new infrastructure will create new job opportunities, improve our current systems for the public, and raise the economic value of our state,” he said.
Bernard also supports a graduated tax income system, which will bring relief to the middle-class. He said that the current tax system takes too much and gives too little to the majority of Illinois residents.
“I strongly believe that middle-class tax relief stimulates the economy and promotes job creation,” he said.
Bernard is a supporter of mandatory drug testing for people seeking benefits from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program. He said he believes this will help Illinois use tax dollars wisely, and stop abuse of the welfare system.
“This specific plan will help demonstrate what individuals are using the funds properly, while helping expose those who are abusing the funds, and restoring the good reputation of those who use our tax dollars wisely,” he said.