Kippy Breeden finishes among the top vote leaders
Kippy Breeden (R-Geneseo) feels validated in the hours since her election victory.
The veteran Henry County Board 1 member was one of eight Republican incumbents re-elected, finishing among the vote leaders with 6,120 votes.
“To me, the strong showing says we should continue on the path we’re on with an aim of hopefully bringing more lawmakers on board and finding ways to better work together,” Breeden told Rock Island Today. “With the major shift in statewide politics we know is coming, it’s as important as it’s been that we find common ground,”
Breeden said she believes her willingness to work with others for the common good is just what Illinois needs at this pivotal time.
“I believe the saying, 'you listen to communicate as opposed to debate,' is pertinent right now,” Breeden said. “To have the best chance of putting the state back on the right track we need everyone pulling together in the same way.”
Breeden said voters are most concerned with issues like health care, Social Security benefits and taxes, which explains to Breeden why GOP Gov. Bruce Rauner lost re-election to Democrat J.B. Pritzker.
“People want to see these issues addressed and don’t feel they have been in recent times under Rauner,” she said. “On top of that, I honestly feel some of the ads he ran at the end of the campaign left a bad taste... in the way they were so insulting to many. I think the leader of the party has an obligation to take the high road and not stoop to the level of being responsible for things like that. People have had had enough of that [and] are signaling they want to see something entirely different.”