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Candidates For 18th Congressional District Sound Off On Campaign Issues

PEORIA - Two democrats are facing off in next week's state primary, with hopes of representing Illinois' 18th congressional district this November.
PEORIA - Two democrats are facing off in next week's state primary, with hopes of representing Illinois' 18th congressional district this November.

We talked to Steve Waterworth and Matthew Woodmancy about why they're running and how they would handle some of our nation and state's biggest problems.

What makes you qualified to hold this office?

WATERWORTH: "I've got what I call a real world empathy. I grew up on a small farm. I was in the Air Force. I've went out and lived the kind of life that a person who is going to be a good politician needs to have lived."

WOODMANCY: "I feel qualified because I know what if feels like to struggle everyday. I've seen the inequities of the system. I've watched family and friends struggle. I've struggled."

What is our biggest national problem? How do we solve it?

WATERWORTH: Gas Prices. "Record quantities of gasoline are being exported. I think we need to embargo that. Stop exporting gasoline. Gasoline that's made in America should stay in America."

WOODMANCY: Dependency on foreign oil. "If we can maintain the power grid with solar, nuclear, and wind, then we will be able to produce close to enough [oil] to meet our national demands and have to import less oil.

How would you bring jobs to Illinois?

WATERWORTH: "Make something here in central Illinois instead of in China. That will create jobs. That money will be kept in the country, will circulate in our economy. I think that's a good thing for everybody."

WOODMANCY: "We need to reverse the increase on corporate taxes. I disagree with the Democratic Party of Illinois on that and the governor."

How would you decrease the national debt?

WATERWORTH: "We have to cut the foreign trade deficit before we can cut federal spending. Federal spending creates a lot of jobs. You'll drive unemployment up if you don't do one without doing the other."

WOODMANCY: "The solution to the foreign trade deficit and the national deficit is to get more jobs in the United States, more manufacturing jobs, which would reduce the trade deficit and it would increase the revenue being brought into the economy."

Waterworth is 64 and resides in Easton in Mason County. He served 24 years in the Air Force and Peoria Air Guard. He is president of the Easton Park District and town clerk for Crane Creek Township.

Woodmancy is 28 and resides in Pekin.

The winner of the primary will run against Republican Aaron Schock, who currently represents Illinois' 18th district in the U.S. House of Representatives.
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