|U.S. House, Illinois, District 1|
|Bachelor's||University of Illinois at Chicago, Duke University|
Sims has been part of two campaigns for national office and serves as a political commentator for a local online newspaper.
On his campaign website Sims has 12 leading issues that he is concerned about. They are:
- Job Growth: Excerpt: "To boost confidence, businesses need tangible incentives to hire. Compensating employers for on-the-job-training or temporarily supplementing salaries of new hires are ways to reduce unemployment."
- Debt and Deficit Reduction: Excerpt "Vigilance is part of the solution. Cracking down on Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security fraud along with stringent reviews of government contracts and grants ensures that spending is not wasteful."
- Making College Affordable: Excerpt: "We need further state and federal funding for students seeking bachelor's and postgraduate degrees. Our global economy requires this training but as a nation, we will not be competitive if higher education is unaffordable, especially as wage disparities increase."
- Education: Excerpt: "The lack of a broad and comprehensive curriculum is short sided, and the result is students who are drilled rather than engaged in the process of learning. In some cases the focus is discipline rather than teaching. Without a sound education, the children of today and future generations will have fewer chances to succeed."
- Poverty: Excerpt: "In this economic slump we still have inflation, high costs of living, increasingly expensive: food, clothing, gasoline, utilities, and education costs. The reality is that we cannot end poverty but everyone must be able to live a decent life and have the opportunity to grow. There are fewer opportunities for advancement as jobs have more stringent education requirements and openings become highly skilled with no patience for training."
- Taxes: Excerpt: "If we eliminate tax loopholes and achieve greater equality in the tax process, revenues will rise. Lower rates with fewer brackets might benefit the United States’ incessant debt if the government can reduce tax expenditures. Corporations are also subject to reform, and if we set one rate and eliminate a majority of tax expenditures, we will foster a more competitive atmosphere and raise additional revenue."
- Healthcare: Excerpt: "Medical care has come a long way and patients have a slew of options but they are saddled with costly bills for these innovative tests and procedures. We must reduce prescription costs, develop more community clinics for the elderly and at risk, encourage continuity of care, and make medical care as clear and upfront as any other service."
- Social Security: Excerpt: "The Simpson-Bowles Commission has some useful proposals. By making the benefit payout more progressive the program is more efficient and prolongs its lifespan. Increasing the lowest bracket to $15,000 grants more individuals access to 90 percent of their average lifetime income. Long term, low-income people receive more assistance while those with larger incomes receive lower benefits. This may seem unfair but those on the higher end of the scale generally have other retirement savings such as, 401Ks, pensions, and real estate. Also, increasing the cap on payroll taxes from the proposed $168,000 in 2020 to $190,000 would introduce more revenue into the trust. More taxable income equals greater benefits for Social Security as a whole."
- Medicare: "An increase in Medicare taxes for high-income earners designates more funding to the program, but cutting some payments to medical providers and subsidies to Medicare Advantage may mean that patients and hospitals suffer in the long term. New laws encourage more innovation and a higher quality of care, but innovation is expensive and the impending regulations may drive some to see fewer patients or drive others to the brink of insolvency."
- Agriculture: Excerpt: "In upcoming deficit negotiations, one should expect subsidies to be on the chopping block. However, using the money to help develop technologies and methods that are more cost effective is a reasonable idea. Small and mediums sized farms may be able to bring their products to market faster by using measures that require less time and reduce expenses."
- Abortion: "I am pro-choice. As a male, I cannot make a life choice on behalf of a potential mother, nor would I dare. This is not a lighthearted decision; it is one that she must live with for the rest of her life. Though many have personal objections to such a procedure, one individual has little right to stipulate what another individual must do with their own body, especially in a case where aborting the fetus becomes a life or death decision for the mother."
- Same Sex Marriage: Excerpt: "I support same sex marriage because two consenting adults should have the freedom to share their lives through the legal bonds of marriage with the same rights and privileges as heterosexual couples."
Sims ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Illinois' 1st District. Sims sought the nomination on the Democratic ticket. The signature filing deadline was December 27, 2011, with the primary taking place on March 20, 2012. Incumbent Bobby Rush defeated Sims in the Democratic primary.
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