Lewis: Expand workforce training, reform property taxes
Bloomingdale's Seth Lewis, the Republican candidate for state Senate in District 23, recently publicized his stance on the key issues of education and tax reform, advising constituents of his position as November’s election draws closer.
Drawing on his own career path, which took a significant turn as a result of Illinois’ economic climate, Lewis outlined the strong need for education not only to satisfy academic preparedness but also to acknowledge and guide preparation for Illinois’ workforce.
“As the husband of an educator and a father of two boys in the public school system, [I understand] the problems facing teachers and students,” Lewis said. “We must expand educational opportunities in our community, including the investment of vocational training for students who want to obtain practical workforce skills.”
Lewis’ campaign site stated that as an engineer, the candidate — who is also a small business executive with a corporate background — knows how critical it is to develop and maintain a skilled workforce to fill the state’s jobs and sustain its economy.
His own career change occurred alongside a decadelong decline in Illinois’ manufacturing sector. Having started as an engineer with Culligan International, followed by an executive position with a private Melrose Park company, he is now in his seventh year as an independent State Farm Insurance agent.
Lewis said he believes his experience will provide the perspective and momentum needed to rebuild Illinois business. A fiscal conservative, he outlined a triple platform in his run for a state Senate seat: to stabilize state finances; to remodel the state’s business climate to attract new jobs and stimulate the economy; and to pledge government accountability and transparency.
“Because property taxes in our community fund the majority of our schools … there is a need for significant property tax reform to finally give families the security they need to pay their tax bills,” Lewis said. “We want our children to be able to want to raise their children here.”
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