Vincent LaMie Running for Illinois State Representative

December 19, 2009 in Local Elections, State Party News

From Vince LaMie, candidate for Illinois State Representative, 105th District:

There is going to be opposition for the first time in the general election for state representative in the 105th district. I am Vince LaMie from Woodworth, IL and this is my first venture into state politics. I want to bring the message to Springfield that corruption needs to end. I am 46 years old and have been married to Janis Redeker LaMie for 17 years. We have 4 children ages 13 – 21. I drive a truck and I am a graduate of Kankakee Eastridge HS and EIU.

Why am I running for this office?
• I want the people of district 105 to prove that a person CAN be elected to state office who DOES NOT accept money from special interest groups, corporations, corrupt businessmen, or political parties.
• The amount of money involved in political campaigns makes elected officials loyal to that money. When a candidate accepts large sums of money from corporations or special interest groups, you know where their loyalty is going lie.
• There is a good chance that two of our governors will be serving jail time for corruption. It is time for a change. Both governors had the support of their parties until they were caught. It is time to clean house.
• I want to be a voice of reason to combat all the partisan bickering.
• I want to bring the message to Springfield that we, the people who pay their salaries, are tired of self-serving politicians and we want real leadership.

Why should you vote for me?
Since I will not accept money from special interest groups, corporations, or political parties, my loyalties will be with voters of my district.
I have been a high school teacher, I have owned my own business, and currently I drive a truck for a large company. This has given me a chance to work with people in many different life situations and work situations.
I have seen many of the problems we face in Illinois first hand, from the lack of funding to our local schools, the challenges of running a small business, to our roads and bridges in need of repair.
I know firsthand the need for good-paying jobs.
I know that people are concerned about the environmental and budgetary problems that are being left for our children and grandchildren to deal with.
We may not agree on all the issues, but you will know my opinions were not for sale to the highest bidder.

Do you want things to get better?
If we keep voting the same people and the same parties into office, how are things going to get better? Our reputation for corrupt government is accurate, but we deserve better. Corruption is fueled by money, so we need to reject candidates who accept money from businesses that work for government, corporations, and special interest groups.
Currently it is legal for our elected officials to accept money from electric companies even if they are on the Electricity& Renewable Energy Committee and it is legal to accept money from railroad companies even if they are on the Railroad Committee. This is obviously wrong and we need not vote for candidates who participate in these conflicts of interest.
Why hasn’t our current representative done anything about these legal but obvious corrupt practices?
Because he participates in them.

I am a member of the Green Party and you can contact me at: 815.471.2769 email: vince@vincelamie.com website: vincelamie.com

7 responses to Vincent LaMie Running for Illinois State Representative

  1. I’ve met Vince at several ILGP membership meetings. He’s definitely a good guy and would be tonic for Illinois government!

  2. We here at Third Party Revolution endorse Vincent LaMie in his campaign for Illinois State Representative District 105, along with many other third party and independent candidates seeking public offices nationwide, ranging from local to federal levels.

  3. This is very compelling stuff. Other candidates could learn something from reading Vince’s statement. People are very dissatisfied, even angry, with government. We can, and should, take that frustration with corrupt, unresponsive elected officials and channel it into positive, reform-minded Green campaigns. The alternative is to let right-wing demagogues like Glenn Beck steer the disenfranchised into supporting reactionary causes.

    I especially like this line: “We may not agree on all the issues, but you will know my opinions were not for sale to the highest bidder.” That shows a genuine willingness to reach out to people who aren’t normally in the Green fold, but who might vote for a candidate simply because he’s honest.

  4. And speaking of IL Greens, I am a little concerned about them. I have noticed that there have a been a couple of conservative “greens” running for congress and the state party has done nothing about it.

  5. TPR, I thought you liked all 3rd party candidates regardless of their ideology.

  6. Good luck to him, he has an up hill battle that for sure

  7. Dave, well I do, put the concern I have is seeing a third party changing into what the two major parties, that is changing entities that don’t have a definition. But if the GPIL wants to have these candidates, then it’s up to them to do so.