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Tom Swiss
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Candidate for
Illinois House of Representatives District 10
Campaign website
Tom Swiss was a 2012 Democratic candidate for District 10 of the Illinois House of Representatives.


Campaign themes


Tom Swiss campaign logo

Swiss' website highlighted the following campaign themes:[1]

  • Jobs and Economic Development
Excerpt: "Illinois is one of five states that have lost population; and we have experienced a net loss of jobs. One thing is certain: whatever we are doing now is not working."
  • Education Reform & School Funding
Excerpt: "We need to be honest if we are going to discuss education reform. In Illinois, we are in the top ten spending in the nation per pupil. The United States is number one in the world in gross nation product spent per child. The current problems in the education system are more involved than simple funding."
  • Public Pensions
Excerpt: "The question is: Does one believe that the present pension system, with its present funding stream, is sustainable? The only credible answer is: No!"
  • Medicaid
Excerpt: "The biggest single problem, besides State pensions, is the fact that the State Legislature authorized and permitted a Medicaid program larger than we can afford. Even with the tax increase—the largest increase in Illinois history—the State is unable to pay its bills on time."
  • Gaming
Excerpt: "To have gambling in Illinois, yet not have gambling in the number one tourist city of Illinois—Chicago—does not make sense. As long as Chicago can maintain the integrity of the Gaming Board, then Chicago ought to have a casino."
  • Ethics Reform
Excerpt: "There is less corruption when the candidate is responsible for their own campaign and spending. The voters then know who to hold accountable. Artificial limits that hamper individual candidates are not in the best interest of the state."



See also: Illinois House of Representatives elections, 2012

Swiss ran in the 2012 election for Illinois House of Representatives District 10. He was defeated by incumbent Derrick Smith in the Democratic primary on March 20, 2012.[2][3]

Illinois House of Representatives, District 10 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDerrick Smith Incumbent 76.8% 7,247
Tom Swiss 23.2% 2,193
Total Votes 9,440

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