Decatur man announces for 101st

Surrounded by family and friends at the Decatur Civic Center on Sept. 7, Dan Caulkins, a veteran, business owner, and former Decatur City Councilman, announced that he will seek the Republican nomination for State Representative of the 101st District.

Incumbent Representative Bill Mitchell (R-Forsyth) is not seeking re-election. Todd Henricks of Cerro Gordo has also announced he will run in the Republican primary next spring, and Piatt County Board Chairman Randy Keith was expected to announce this week.

After watching the General Assembly refuse to cut spending or reform government and then raising income taxes by 32 percent, Caulkins said he will put his experience as a conservative business owner to work for area families.

“There’s an old saying about government. If you give them a dollar today, they will spend it and expect $2 tomorrow. We need representatives in Springfield who are willing to fight for our interests and curb the insatiable spending habits of state government. We cannot tax our way out of this mess; families throughout Central Illinois are seeing their tax bills increase to serve the interests of the political class. We need independent reformers who will address the government spending spree,” said Caulkins.

Caulkins said Macon County taxpayers will collectively pay an extra $26,187,160 because of the tax hike and the rest of central Illinois will not be spared: Champaign County ($48,000,000), DeWitt ($4,208,399), McLean ($49,201,237), and Piatt ($4,831,779).

Caulkins stated that he is running for State Representative to help turn Illinois around. “The biggest problem with the legislative branch in Springfield is the partisan games and squabbling over increased spending on programs we can’t afford. The taxpayers are the ones hurt by this. We need a new perspective in Springfield because we cannot solve our problems with the same thinking that was used when we created them.”

“Mike Madigan and his Democrat allies with help from establishment Republicans have made a terrible mess of what should be one of the most prosperous states in the nation. We cannot give up or give in to those who have taken us down this destructive path. We must fundamentally reform state government by cutting spending, passing pro-jobs legislation to improve our economy, and returning power to hard-working Illinois families,” said Caulkins.

Dan Caulkins has been married for 43 years to his wife, Jo. He has over 21 years of military experience, retiring as a US Army Major in 1997. Caulkins worked for Decatur manufacturing giant ADM, and several local companies, as well as running his own businesses focused on both senior and disabled adult long-term care living facilities.

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