Griffith says Rauner should debate Ives
In the governor's race, Bruce Rauner has the power of incumbency behind him, but he also has detractors who could end up throwing support behind his GOP primary challenger, Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton).
One liability is last year's budget in which some see Rauner as "going along" with the spending plan that will have residents paying a 32 percent increase in taxes. And the issue of abortion bill HB40 also has some questioning Rauner's bona fides.
Some in the media are also suggesting that Rauner is "afraid" to debate Ives on a level playing field and are calling for a change in who fills the governor's seat.
However, some of the candidates running for the first time for spots in the state Legislature largely have not stepped into the debate over whether Rauner or Ives should get their support.
For one thing, some of those who are newer to the political process are cautious about getting involved in spats elsewhere in government races. Also, they are spending a lot of time trying to get to know constituents.
"I've been busy," Joshua Griffith, a candidate for state representative in Illinois' 93rd District, told West Central Reporter when asked about Rauner's liabilities. Griffith said he's been busy canvassing and knocking on doors, introducing himself as a first-time candidate.
Furthermore, Griffith said, it's important to have debates and pay attention to them to help voters to make choices.
"I believe that the race between Gov. Rauner and Rep. Ives should consist of a debate," Griffith said. "This gives an opportunity for the people to hear from both of the candidates."
This, he said, promotes understanding that people can use at the polls.
"Hearing from both candidates gives voters the opportunity to have the facts necessary to make the best decision on election day," Griffith said.