There’s with just over two weeks until Election Day, Eyewitness News is continuing to ensure you are informed before heading to the polls. The race for the 69th District pits familiar foes against each other for the second time.
“I want to bring the voice of the people,” said an eager Angie Bodine. She says she’s ready to unseat the current 69th District’s State Representative. Bodine is going against Joe Sosnowski for the second time. “People are confident,” said Bodine. “I’m going to go there and represent their voice because I’m going to bring your voice to Springfield and your problems and bring back solutions. We’ve had enough excuses.”
However, there is common ground. Bodine and Sosnowski believe the district is in need of economic reforms that could create growth and jobs.
“We need economic growth,” said Bodine. “We have been stagnant for way too long. One of the ways I want to address that is bringing passenger rail to our community, that would have wonderful results for our community to focus on property taxes and doing things that will bring those property taxes down economic growth is one of the major things that will effect property taxes in a positive way.”
“We’re very competitive geographically,” said Sosnowski (R-69th). “We have to compete against Iowa, Wisconsin. We need to have proper regulations, better tax structure and we need to work on things that cause business money like workers comp, property taxes. So were competitive to grow jobs and attract new jobs to the region.”
But they differ in education.
“We need to focus on strengthening public education it needs to be funded properly and needs to accessible to everyone,” said Bodine.
“I think the number one key is we need to offer families of students to be able to choose the education that they want,” said Sosnowski. “I think public schools are always going to be our first choice and primary mode of educating students creating choice in education is important. The state scholarship program was good to offer low income families additional opportunities for education.”
Both understand its going to be an uphill battle to create change in Springfield.
“I think there’s a lot more we can do,” said Sosnowski. “fairness in government, we’ve done a lot to streamline the costs in government with the governors leadership, we’ve shrunk government a little bit. There’s a lot more we can do to be more efficient and we need to continue to work on those things.”
“There’s a lot of concerns in our community about the political climate in Springfield,” said Bodine. “[There’s] a lot of positivity in my campaign that people are positive that I’m going to go there and represent their voice.”