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Kevin L. Garner
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Illinois House of Representatives, District 110
Former candidate
PartyRepublican
Education
High schoolCasey-Westfield High School
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Navy Reserve
Years of serviceEight years
Personal
ProfessionL.D. Mechanical
Websites
Campaign website
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Kevin L. Garner was a 2014 Republican candidate for District 110 of the Illinois House of Representatives. He ran unsuccessfully for the same seat in 2012.

Biography

Garner's professional experience includes working for L.D. Mechanical, as Tax Assessor for Cumberland County Multi-Township for ten years and founded Garner Auction Service and Garner Trucking Service. Garner served as a Petty Officer in the United States Navy Reserves for eight years.[1]

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

Garner's campaign website highlighted the following issues:[2]

Education

  • Excerpt: "We need to support the teachers of the 110th district with quality schools and materials so they can have the best resources to teach our children. Nothing else can make or break someone's future then the quality of education they receive.
    • Stop unfunded mandates from the state that force our schools to use what little money they have for new bureaucracy.
    • Ensure our district receives their fair share of money from the state. For far too long, our area has been ignored in favor of northern schools.
    • Stop tying the hands of teachers with senseless regulation."

Pension Crisis

  • Excerpt: "The pension system in Illinois is almost $100 billion dollars in debt. For far too long, the money that was supposed to go to hard working educators and others, was stolen from them to fund other projects. Do I have the answer to fix this massive problem facing our district and state? No. But I do believe in getting the principals, the teacher unions, others (such as financial experts, and regular taxpaying citizens) and come up with an unbiased solution that will be fair to teachers and ensuring they get what is due to their many years of service while also bringing our state back to financial security."

Taxes

  • Excerpt: "I will oppose making permanent the tax hike passed a few years ago that are due to expire soon."

Economic Growth

  • Excerpt: "Illinois still has not recovered from the 2008 recession. Most of us know that without drastic change in our state, it will not. Illinois is suffering from over-regulation, which scares away new business and is forcing many small-business either out of state or out of business. I am a former small business owner and currently work for a small business. I have seen the problems first hand and I want to be the advocate for the small business owners of the 110th district. Here are some of the things I will do to help our district create jobs:
Cut taxes for business's:
  • Excerpt: "Right now, the company I work for, which employes about 20 people, pays about $14,061 a year for just one type of tax. If they relocated about 25 miles east to Indiana, they would only pay about $10,355. I don't know about you, but about $4,000 extra a year would make a lot of difference for me and for many business's. That money could be the difference between staying in business for closing, and this is just the tip of the iceberg."
Stop senseless regulation:
  • Excerpt: "I think we can all agree that some regulation is needed. No company should be able to dump toxic chemicals in the water. However, there are many senseless regulations that stifle business growth unnecessarily."

Welfare Reform

  • Excerpt: "I think almost everyone has no problem with helping those who, sometimes through no fault of their own, need a little extra help to feed their family. My faith tells me it is my duty to reach out and help someone through troubled times. Sadly, there are a small amount of people who do abuse the welfare system. I would be wiling to support measures that range from putting a picture of the one receiving the benefits on the card to ensure no one else can use it, to drug screenings to ensure the person receiving aide is not taking illegal substances."

2nd Amendment Rights

  • Excerpt: "I am proud to say I have finished the requisite 16 hours of education to receive my Concealed-Carried license. I am also a proud life-time member of the NRA. While I support the right to carry a concealed weapon, I would encourage going back to the bill and cutting some of the red tape that makes it hard for law abiding citizens to exercise their 2nd amendment rights. What other Constitutional right are we forced to pay the State a fee or Tax to exercise?"

Term Limits

  • Excerpt: "Contrary to claims by other candidates, I fully support term limits and was proud to sign my name to a petition that would allow the citizens of our state to vote on a constitutional amendment to place term limits upon career politicians. In an ideal world, we wouldn't need term limits, but in a system controlled by money, favoritism, and the example of some local and elected officials through out the state, it's easy to see the corruption that comes with long stints in political office."

Elections

2014

See also: Illinois House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Illinois House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election took place March 18, 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was December 2, 2013. Reginald "Reggie" Phillips defeated Darrell Cox and Kevin L. Garner in the Republican primary and is unchallenged in the general election.[3][4][5]

2012

See also: Illinois House of Representatives elections, 2012

Garner ran in the 2012 election for Illinois House of Representatives District 110. Garner was defeated by Brad Halbrook in the Republican primary on March 20, 2012.[6][7]

Illinois House of Representatives, District 110 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBrad Halbrook 54.5% 6,174
Kevin L. Garner 45.5% 5,150
Total Votes 11,324

Endorsements

2014

In 2014, Garner's endorsements included the following:[8]

  • Illinois Federation of Teachers
  • AFSCME Local 3649

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