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Richard Thomas
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Candidate for
Illinois House of Representatives District 106
Bachelor'sMacMurray College
Master'sTroy State University
Campaign website
Richard Thomas was a 2012 Republican candidate for District 106 of the Illinois House of Representatives.

Thomas is a nurse, with a license from Joliet Junior College. He earned a B.A. in Political Science with a minor in History from MacMurray College in Jacksonville, Illinois, and an M.S. in International Politics from Troy State University.[1]

Thomas is not accepting large campaign donors, stating, "We must rid politics of big donations or our democracy will die."[2]


Campaign themes


Thomas' campaign website listed the following issues:[3]

  • Protecting Our Constitutional Rights
Excerpt: "We the People are fed up! Our government has some of the lowest approval ratings ever in our history. Born of that frustration are movements like Occupy Wall Street and the Tea Party."
  • Education Reform
Excerpt: "I fully support local elected school boards, along with parents, teachers and taxpayers, to determine what is best for students who attend our public schools. "
  • Recall Reform
Excerpt: "Our democracy must move a lot faster in the 21st Century. We can’t afford to be locked in for years to unresponsive government. "
  • Fiscal Order
Excerpt: "We need to get our fiscal house in order and I fully support the repeal of Quinn’s 67% tax increase and lowering taxes on working families and small businesses in the 106th District."
  • Pension Plan Crisis
Excerpt: "The current pension issue in Illinois has snow-balled for so many years that no one can pretend they have a complete solution."
  • Protect Military Families
Excerpt: "I vow to take care of our military personnel and their families."
  • Healthcare Reform
Excerpt: "As a nurse, I am well aware of Benjamin Franklin’s admonishment that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."



See also: Illinois House of Representatives elections, 2012

Thomas ran in the 2012 election for Illinois House of Representatives District 106. Thomas was defeated by Josh Harms in the Republican primary on March 20, 2012.[4][5]

Illinois House of Representatives, District 106 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJosh Harms 33.3% 5,846
Tom Bennett 28% 4,923
Brian Gabor 10.7% 1,877
Scott McCoy 22.9% 4,014
Richard Thomas 5.1% 893
Total Votes 17,553

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