Henry County clerk and recorder candidate wants a revamped campaign season
Jon Zahm thinks the campaign season in Illinois is too long and comes at the wrong time of year.
“Thirteen states hold their primaries in August and 5 in September,” Zahm recently posted on Facebook. “It's time we tell (House Speaker Mike) Madigan and the Democrats to shorten the election season and stop the madness of campaigning in the dead of winter. Move the Illinois primary from the 3rd Tuesday of March to the 3rd Tuesday of August.”
Zahm, the field director of Family Pac who is running as a Republican for the Henry County clerk and recorder seat held by incumbent Democrat Barbara Link, is also on record about what he thinks of Gov. Bruce Rauner’s chances for re-election.
“I’m concerned about House Bill 40 (the abortion expansion bill) and Senate Bill 31, the sanctuary city bill," Zahm recently told host Paul Caprio in a PublicAffairs TV segment posted to YouTube. "If he (Rauner) opposes both of those bills, I will be satisfied and prefer him over one of those Democrats, but there are still details to work out.”
Zahm added he wants to see all 15 Republicans who banded with Democrats to pass last year’s record-setting state budget forced to answer to their constituents.
“I definitely want to see primaries for every Republican that voted in favor of the tax increase,” he said. “And then there are the 10 that wouldn’t hold the governor’s veto.”
The Henry County clerk and recorder’s office oversees vital records, election results, marriage and civil union licenses, raffled licenses, and property tax data.