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Combat Veteran Running for State Senate in the 54th District



Rafael HimIn a press release, Rafael Him, Republican from New Baden, announced he is running for the Illinois State Senate in the 54th District. Him is a 22-year combat veteran and serves on the Clinton County Board along with having served as a trustee for the Village of New Baden. He said his experiences in the Air Force taught him accountability, teamwork, leadership and a passion for mission accomplishment.

From his campaign press release:

Him is running because of his love for Illinois, “I can no longer sit back and watch the people of Illinois suffer from poor politics and corruption so I decided to take action. We are currently in a state of emergency with an out of control budget and a declining population. We have to get back on track and advocate for reform.  It’s critical that we protect citizens and businesses from unfair and excessive taxation. Every time you increase taxes, you’re eroding personal freedoms and the ability of the people to provide for their families.”

I look at things from a holistic view. First, what is good for the people?  Second, what is good for the state? “I want to help everybody, not just a select few”. If you focus on good management and teamwork, your people will be taken care of and the state will start to heal.  We need to change the way our state does business and address why people are leaving.  You can start with mismanagement then follow through with tax reform.  We need to look at reducing business regulations and stopping the spending and borrowing culture as well.

It’s time for new management and a conscientious individual who serves the people.  I will promote conservative free market ideas that will grow our economy and start to heal our state. We need ideas that will bring prosperity to our local communities and state, encouraging families to stay and invest in Illinois.

I have the experience to help reform our state, I have served my nation for over 26 years. I also realize that teamwork is necessary and that no one can accomplish anything great by themselves.  I have lived the motto of “Integrity, Service Before Self and Excellence” in all we do and have the record to prove it.  I have voted on and passed three balanced budgets and helped guide my county to be debt free by the end of 2017 despite state budget cuts.  I humbly ask for your vote and support as I work to heal our state.  It will be a hard fight but I am confident I will win it.  I will always fight for you.

My Contract with the People

Put citizens above politicians, each law passed should apply to those who passed it

Fight for fiscal responsibility and accountability

Fight for a "real" balanced budget

Fight for term limits.

Fight for tax reform


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  1. Rafael is the only “conservative” I know who designs websites for liberals and Democrats. He’ll be a conservative as long as there isn’t someone from the left offering him a gig.
    And our county has been in great fiscal shape for years. Rafael was born on third and thinks he hit a triple. Don’t claim credit for the hard work and decisions of those who came before you.