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|Yet Another Lt. Governor Candidate
|Another candidate wants to be lieutenant governor, and yes, you heard a story like this last week. But this is a new candidate: Don Tracy of Springfield, whose announcement brings to 11 the number of people who want the post.
Tracy ran as a Democrat for state Senate in 2002, but lost to Republican Sen. Larry Bomke (R-Springfield). Tracy joked that this time, he's running for something easier: statewide office.
Tracy, a lawyer, says although he campaigned for an income tax hike for education in his previous campaign, he says he's against a tax hike in the current economic climate. He says the best way to improve state government's cash flow is to grow the economy. He claims to have experience in that field, pointing out that his father founded DOT Foods, and that most of his family works there, and he does some legal work for the company. He says the company's doing so well that it hasn't needed to lay anyone off, and says that kind of business sense would be good at the Capitol.
On an unusual note, Tracy says he'll take a hard look at the duties of the lieutenant governor's office, saying it might be wise to cut employees and slash funding, or change state law to give the office more to do. Tracy says he's not sure what the two dozen employees under Pat Quinn did when he was lieutenant governor, but he isn't convinced that the work was worth the $2.4 million cost.
Tracy joins three other Republicans and five Democrats who have also announced plans to run for lieutenant governor.
(Illinois Radio Network)
|09 23 09 by Newsroom
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