Terry Davis, a small business owner in Charleston, has officially announced his candidacy for State Representative of the 110th district, seeking to take over the seat currently held by Reggie Phillips, who announced he will not seek reelection. A Coles County resident for nearly 40 years, Davis owns Towne Square Jewelers on Lincoln Ave, and is a member of the EIU Panther Club, the Charleston Rotary Club, and an active member of the community. His campaign is focused on economic development and growth across the district.
"I have seen first-hand what legislative inaction has done to our communities. Wee are staring down the barrel of another potential budget impasse that will end with more tax hikes that hurt families, farms, and businesses." Davis goes on to say that the highest property taxes in the nation, a lack of sustainable funding for education, and income tax increases are forcing many to leave the state. "If we continue to try to tax our way out of this mess, we will lose more than this state can afford. Illinois should be attracting industry and students who will bring revenue, jobs, and growth. My years spent building my business have taught me the importance of living within your budget, and I hope to take those same conservative principles to Springfield."
Davis announced that, if elected, he would opt out of the State's health insurance and pension programs. "I'm an open book," he said. "I have a solid Republican voting record, I have my conceal carry license and support the rights of gun owners. I am active in my local Chamber of Commerce, Rotary, and other civic organizations; and as a business owner, I know the value that industry, education, and local business contribute to economic growth and prosperity."
Agriculture accounts for almost 75% of the land in Illinois, with over 72,000 farms that grow 70 different crops. "Illinois is more than the City of Chicago, and our state needs to recognize the significance of the 110th. We should be helping the farmers who make this state great, not hurting them with ridiculously high property taxes and oppressive, anti-growth regulations."
Davis said his campaign is about focusing on the issues. "Illinois politics needs a return to civility. Voters deserve better than the dishonest, dirty, Chicago-style political games. Campaigns about fear and smear only serve to further polarize and weaken our party. We should be trying to grow our influence, not shrink it."