Griffith touring 93rd House District in bid to unseat Hammond
Joshua Griffith wasted little time in launching a kickoff tour after the Abingdon Republican filed petitions to run in the 93rd House District for the seat held by Rep. Norine Hammond (R-Macomb).
Griffith, a military veteran running for state office for the first time, launched his official campaign kickoff tour in Mason, Fulton, Warren and Knox counties, a release from his campaign said.
"Joshua has been hearing from many families about the challenges facing them personally, as well as the state as a whole," the release said.
Griffith said he is running because he is frustrated by high taxes and establishment politics. "Families are disappointed and upset with our current leadership in Springfield, especially politicians like Norine Hammond who voted to increase taxes by 32 percent," Griffith wrote in a recent statement detailing some of his positions.
"This is on top of the $1,500 families and homeowners are paying in Mason County just to keep their homes every year. ... As I meet more and more folks from across the district, I hear continually how they’ve lost faith in Hammond and the others who joined with the powerful House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago) to raise taxes and regulations on our families and small businesses. That’s why I’ve promised to reject a legislative pension and term limit myself so people can trust I’m there to truly represent them and advocate for a smaller, more responsible government that answers to the people, rather than our citizens having to pay up for Hammond’s costly mistakes," his statement said.