Dodge says he has 'balanced perspective' for Illinois treasurer position
Jim Dodge wants voters to face some hard truths and to be honest with themselves when they go to the polls to cast their ballots for state treasurer in 2018.
“This election is about creating a future the people of Illinois deserve,” he told the North Cook News soon after officially filing his petitions to run for state treasurer as the Republican candidate, where he will almost certainly face off against Democratic incumbent Michael Frerichs in the general election.
“The essential question before voters is very simple,” he said. “Do you want our state, our families, to have a better future, the future we deserve? Or do you want to be lead down the path to financial ruin by (House Speaker) Mike Madigan (D-Chicago) and his control over the legislature?”
Dodge said every state lawmaker has a responsibility for putting the state back on the right track and he feels he has the right combination of experiences to be a huge part of the process.
“My experience in the private sector, my education and my elected public service give me the right, balanced perspective to know we can address Illinois’ challenges in a positive way,” he said.
Currently an Orland Park Village trustee, Dodge previously ran for state comptroller in 2010, finishing with 19 percent of the vote in a three-way GOP primary won by Judy Baar Topinka with 59 percent of the vote.
“Illinois needs a strong voice in the treasurer’s office that focuses, first and foremost, on serving the best interests of the people, not power politics,” Dodge said. “The people of Illinois, both sides of the aisle, are frustrated. They want change because they know the overbearing, bloated, inefficient, ineffective and ‘tax everything that moves’ approach is not working for them.”
Dodge said he plans to campaign across the entire state, making the case for change and sharing ideas on how to make things better.
“This is about the future of our state,” he said. “We represent a better path forward.”