Neil Anderson (Illinois)

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Neil Anderson
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Candidate for
Illinois State Senate, District 36
PartyRepublican
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Nebraska-Lincoln
Personal
ProfessionFirefighter
ReligionChristian
Websites
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Neil Anderson is a 2014 Republican candidate for District 36 of the Illinois State Senate. He ran unsuccessfully for District 72 of the Illinois House of Representatives in 2012.

Biography

Anderson earned his B.S. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His professional experience includes working as a firefighter for the Moline Fire Department.[1][2]

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

Anderson's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[3]

  • Spend less
Excerpt: "Reduce spending and borrowing, forcing Springfield to pass balanced budgets"
  • Tax less
Excerpt: "Rollback the Quinn/Jacobs 67% income tax hike on families, seniors and employers"
  • Grow the economy
Excerpt: "Enact meaningful tort reform, so employers can create new job"

2012

Anderson listed the following campaign issues in a bio submission to Ballotpedia:

  • Repeal the 2011 Tax Hike - "I am committed to repealing the excessive and unwarranted 67% Personal Income Tax Hike that was imposed on the residents of Illinois. By repealing the Tax Hike, Illinois Residents will be able to keep more of their hard earned income, that is so needed during these uncertain economic times."
  • Jobs - "We need to create a positive environment for businesses and employers, and stop chasing them out of the State with unnecessary taxes and regulations. We need to give employers more of an incentive to do business in Illinois. The 2011 Tax Hike failed to do what was promised. In fact, it has driven businesses and workers out of the state. Illinois currently has the highest worst unemployment in the nation while 46 other states in the nation have lowered their unemployment in 2011."
  • Pro Life/Pro Family - "I believe that life begins at conception, and that life is precious. Families are the core of our society. In Springfield I will be the voice for the unborn, but also a compassionate advocate for alternative options for those faced with these difficult decisions."
  • Public Service - "Career politicians are ruining our state. It's time for a fresh face, new ideas and a transparent, common sense voice in Springfield. Politicians should be servants of the people. As State Representative, I will represent the people, and will not be bought by special interests groups. By leading through example in restoring the intended role of the Statesman, I will not accept the Pension or Healthcare benefits of the position. "
  • Fiscal Responsibility - "We need to stop hemorrhaging money and get our state out of debt, and stop job-killing tax increases. As individuals and families, we all must make decisions based on our income and spending. We are unable to continue spending money that we do not have. We need to focus on a balance budget and transparency."
  • Gun Rights - "Illinois is the only State in the Union that does not have a path for Law abiding citizens to legally carry a weapon for self defense. The 2nd Amendment is of the Constitution is clear about our Right to Bear Arms. As a State Representative, I pledge to support measures that protect this fundamental right of American Citizens."

Elections

2014

See also: Illinois State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Illinois State Senate 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. Incumbent Mike Jacobs ran unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Neil Anderson ran unopposed in the Republican primary. Jacobs and Anderson will face off in the general election.[4][5][6]

2012

See also: Illinois House of Representatives elections, 2012

Anderson ran in the 2012 election for Illinois House of Representatives District 72. Anderson defeated Jonathan Wallace in the March 20 Republican primary and was defeated by incumbent Patrick J. Verschoore (D) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[7][8][9]

Illinois House of Representatives, District 72, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngPatrick J. Verschoore Incumbent 64.3% 28,675
     Republican Neil Anderson 35.7% 15,934
Total Votes 44,609
Illinois House of Representatives, District 72 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngNeil Anderson 72.8% 3,999
Jonathan Wallace 27.2% 1,496
Total Votes 5,495

Personal

Anderson and his wife, Brandi, live in Rock Island and have one child.[2]

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