Peru resident announces run for 76th District seat


PERU - Peru resident Jason Haskell has announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for State Representative in the 76th District.

Haskell is employed as a construction project manager and entrepreneur. In a press release, he stated that he has a proven track record of completing projects on time and in budget. He first became active in politics in 2017 when he announced he would challenge incumbent Republican Congressman Adam Kinzinger for the 16th Congressional District of Illinois.

Although Haskell collected enough signatures to be put on the primary ballot that year, he decided not to file with the State Board of Elections. “My candidacy sparked enough excitement throughout the district, which yielded an additional two challengers,” he stated. “I had learned a lot from my experience campaigning for federal office and best of all, I was able to meet so many amazing people along the way. Now, two years later, I am ready to take my fight to Springfield.”

Haskell says Illinois is sinking in pension debt and taxpayers are on the hook. “Moving to a defined contribution plan, such as a 401(k)/403(b), for all new State of Illinois hires will finally put a cap on unfunded pension liabilities for the state and give certainty to businesses and job-seekers about the future of Illinois.”

Haskell proposes freezing public-sector hiring until the state workforce is reduced by 11.5 percent, repealing the 32 percent tax increase which went into effect on July 1, 2017, term limits, eliminating pensions for elected officials and balancing the budget.

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