George Gaulrapp

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George Gaulrapp
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Candidate for
U.S. House, Illinois, District 17
High schoolFreeport Aquinas Catholic High School (1977)
Bachelor'sMonmouth College (1981)
Date of birthOctober 30,1959
ProfessionFreeport, Illinois Mayor
Campaign website
George Gaulrapp campaign logo
George Gaulrapp was a 2012 Democratic candidate seeking election to the U.S. House representing the 17th Congressional District of Illinois. Gaulrapp was defeated by Cheri Bustos in the Democratic primary on March 20, 2012.[1]



  • 1981: Monmouth College, Business Administration



Campaign themes


On his campaign website Gaulrapp has 6 leading issues that he is concerned about. They are: [4]

  • Jobs and the Economy: Excerpt: "We need to concentrate on keeping companies here and to provide them with the tools for expansion. The role of government in job creation should be to set the landscape for companies. The government should focus on building infrastructure in the major growth sectors of the economy – information and financial systems, energy technology, and health care systems – and then letting the market respond. Small businesses will be able to compete globally with a fair corporate tax structure, access to capital, tax credits for hiring and for “going green”."
  • Energy & Technology: "In northern Illinois, we live in the renewable energy corridor. We live amongst nuclear power plants and the corn that provides ethanol for our gasoline. Wind power, ethanol, bio diesel and nuclear power are clean and they work."
  • Health Care: Excerpt: "Many citizens without healthcare insurance use the emergency room as their primary care, and this drives the cost up for everyone. Our physicians set aside 8 to 10 years of earnings as they attend college and medical schools, only to come out with thousands of dollars in medical school debt. The costs and the waiting lists to get into medical and dental schools are tremendous. We must expand the facilities to increase the number of eligible students to get into these institutions."
  • Manufacturing: Excerpt: "In the 17th Congressional District, local companies need the capital to expand and acquire new technology to bring our jobs back to the United States. The role of government in our economy is to set the landscape for companies, so the market can respond accordingly. We need to enforce our current trade laws and regulations."
  • Right to Bear Arms: "I believe that the people have the right to bear arms – to protect their families and their properties. However, gun ownership comes with responsibility and accountability. As an avid hunter, I believe that the people have the right to gun ownership. I am a current member of the National Rifle Association and my brother teaches a course in gun safety and certifies over 200 people a year. I have recently introduced my son to hunting."
  • Education: Excerpt: "We must provide a stable and adequate funding source for all K-12 public schools so that our students are prepared for higher education in universities, community colleges or technical colleges. This includes early learning as an important step toward academic achievement and a key to drop-out prevention. Ensuring support for teaching professionals and working to attract quality teachers who can provide our children with the best education possible, is one of my top priorities."



See also: Illinois' 17th congressional district elections, 2012

Gaulrapp ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Illinois' 17th District. Gaulrapp sought the nomination on the Democratic ticket. [5] The signature filing deadline was December 27, 2011, with the primary taking place on March 20, 2012. Incumbent Bobby Schilling is seeking re-election on the Republican ticket.

Gaulrapp and candidate Greg Aguilar were defeated by Cheri Bustos in the Democratic primary on March 20, 2012.[1] Incumbent Bobby Schilling ran unopposed in the Republican primary.[1]

U.S. House, Illinois' 17th Congressional District Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngCheri Bustos 54.4% 18,652
George Gaulrapp 25.8% 8,838
Greg Aguilar 19.8% 6,798
Total Votes 34,288

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