Rob Sherman: Candidate for Congress, 5th District
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About this candidate:
Name: Rob Sherman
Born: April 2, 1953
Residence: Poplar Grove
Family: Happily married to Celeste for 38 years; son Rick 34 years old, daughter Dawn 23 years old
Occupation: Light Sport Airplane builder
Political experience: Successfully challenged numerous unconstitutional acts by government, both through court and through negotiation.
What is your vision for this office?
I have a long track record of cooperating with all interested parties in doing the impossible by coming up with reasonable solutions that everybody can live with.
What is the most pressing issue facing constituents, and how can you help address it?
Electoral reform. I will sponsor and get passed legislation for federal mandates for compact legislative districts, term limits and nominating petition signature requirements that provide that all candidates for a particular office need to get the same number of nominating petition signatures, rather than one low requirement for Democrats and Republicans and an extreme, unachievably high number for independents and third party candidates.
I'm Rob Sherman, the Green Party candidate for Congress from the Fifth Congressional District, which consists of the north and northwest sides of Chicago, O'Hare Airport and many suburbs near O'Hare in both Cook and DuPage Counties. Here are my top three priorities:
- Stop America from becoming a socialist country. There are many former supporters of Bernie and, in fact, many Greens who advocate socialism. Socialism is the most toxic economic system there is because production is based on need rather than profit. Who is going to decide what you need? Do you want somebody else deciding what you need? Of course not. What America really needs is environmentally responsible capitalism, which rewards you for being successful rather than taking away from you what you create.
- Secular government for all. No more God on our money. No more God in the Pledge. Government at all levels has recognized that bullying is wrong, so why does the government still sponsor anti-atheist bullying with anti-atheist graffiti on our money and an anti-atheist editorial in the Pledge? I will eliminate Christmas as a federal holiday. Christians want to put Christ back into Christmas, but if the Government is involved, Christmas has to be bland, generic and secular. I will eliminate Christmas as a federal holiday so that Christians can make Christmas their religious holiday rather than our secular gifting holiday.
- Electoral reform that incumbents would hate. I will sponsor legislation to require compact legislative districts and term limits. My legislation will also require that everybody who runs for office is required to get the same number of nominating petition signatures, rather than the current laws which force third party candidates and independents to get ten times the number of signatures as Democrats and Republicans, just to get on the ballot.
I'm Rob Sherman, the Green Party candidate for the 5th Congressional District. I thank you, in advance, for your vote.
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