General Election Candidates 2018
By Joshua Savitzky
With the Illinois 2018 General Election coming up on Nov. 6 consisting of, but not limited to, a gubernatorial and four statewide races, voters should be aware of who is on the ballot. This is a quick review of the candidates for the gubernatorial, State Attorney General, Illinois Secretary of State, Illinois Comptroller, and Illinois Treasurer races. While the Hoofbeat has compiled some information on the candidates for each of these races, voters should be sure to do their own research on these candidates as well as those of their congressional and state legislative districts. All candidates are listed in the order they appear on the ballot.
The gubernatorial race has four candidates: Democrat J.B. Pritzker, Republican Bruce Rauner, Libertarian Grayson “Kash” Jackson, and Conservative Sam McCann.
J.B. Pritzker is the Democratic Party candidate for the election. His campaign promises to decrease the tax burden on the middle class and raise taxes on the wealthy. Pritzker has also campaigned for higher funding of the education system. Pritzker has been accused of proposing a vehicle mileage tax, which has been confirmed by the fact-checking website Politifact, to be only an idea worth exploring.
Bruce Rauner is the incumbent governor of Illinois and the Republican candidate for the election. His campaign has been run on imposing term limits for all positions in the state legislature and reform of the property tax system by reducing the incredibly high rate and reduce the number of loopholes that can be exploited. Rauner has been accused of misquoting newspapers and being the sole reason for the 738 days without a budget; he was a part of the crisis and not the only reason.
Libertarian and Navy veteran, Kash Jackson, is the Libertarian Party candidate for the election. He supports the protection of parental and child rights. Jackson also supports free expression regardless of viewpoint.
Republican state senator Sam McCann is the newly established Conservative Party candidate for the election. He is a supporter of workers and unions, and is pro-life.
State Attorney General
The race for Attorney General of Illinois has three candidates: Democrat Kwame Raoul, Republican Erika Harold, and Libertarian Bubba Harsy.
Incumbent Attorney General, Kwame Raoul, is the Democratic Party candidate for this race. Raoul supports criminal justice reform, a woman’s right to choose, and protection of children against sexual predation. Raoul has been accused by his opponent, Erika Harold, of teaming up with Mike Madigan to raise property taxes, an accusation that ignores context and lacks evidence.
Erika Harold is the Republican Party candidate for Attorney General. Harold supports drafting legislation for worker’s rights and compensation, protecting Illinoisans from sexual harassment, and addressing the opioid epidemic in Illinois. Harold has been accused by her opponent, Kwame Raoul, of being against gay adoption, a claim that she has publicly denied.
Bubba Harsy is the Libertarian Party candidate for Attorney General. He promises to prosecute all corruption in Springfield and reform public education through reduction of government bloat.
Secretary of State
The race for Illinois Secretary of State has three candidates: Democrat Jesse White, Republican Jason Helland, and Libertarian Steve Dutner.
Incumbent Secretary of State, Jesse White, is the Democratic Party candidate for this race. White plans to continue his work on improving driver safety.
Jason Helland is the Republican Party candidate for this race. Helland promises to modernize DMV efficiency and service and supports term limits for state legislatures.
Steve Dutner is the Libertarian Party candidate for this race. Dutner plans to privatize the Illinois Driver Services Department and cut costs by eliminating redundant services.
The race for Illinois Comptroller has three candidates: Democrat Susana Mendoza, Republican Darlene Senger, and Libertarian Claire Ball.
Incumbent Comptroller, Susana Mendoza, is the Democratic Party candidate for this race. Mendoza prioritizes the transparency of taxpayer dollars and the fiscal and mental health of Illinois.
Darlene Senger is the Republican Party candidate for this state. Senger promises to save taxpayer dollars and reduce the importance of salary in politics.
Claire Ball is the Libertarian Party candidate for this race. Ball supports the importance of integrity and transparency in the Illinois budget.
The race for Illinois Treasurer has three candidates: Incumbent and Democrat Mike Frerichs, Republican Jim Dodge, and Libertarian Michael Leheney.
Incumbent Treasurer, Mike Frerichs, is the Democratic Party candidate for this race. Frerichs started and will continue to work toward the creation and retention of jobs in Illinois.
Jim Dodge is the Republican Party candidate for this race. Dodge promises to act as the voice of Illinois taxpayers and advocate for their best interest.
Michael Leheney is the Libertarian Party candidate for this race. Leheney promises to add a third-party voice to the Springfield political machine.
These are the candidates for the gubernatorial and statewide races in the 2018 General Election. However, these are not the only races on the ballot. There are also Congressional races for the House of Representatives, as well as races for the State House of Representatives and State Senate. Voters should research their own congressional and state legislative districts and be informed before Election Day.