About the Candidate

Name: David Palmer
DOB: July 16, 1986
Occupation: Financial Advisor
Political Experience: First Campaign
Website: Palmerforillinois.com
Twitter: @PalmerforIL
Facebook: Palmer for Illinois
Instagram: Palmer4IL

Candidate Statement

I’m David Palmer.  I just wanted to take a second to introduce myself. 

I’m a husband to my wife Chelsea and a father to my kids David and Quinci Rose. I’ve spent my life working to improve my community and advocating on behalf of children. 

As the next congressman from the Illinois 13th, I will take the cares and concerns that we collectively share and make sure that Washington, DC listens to us and addresses our concerns. 

Safer streets, well-funded schools, and access to high-quality healthcare are the things we deserve and the things I will fight for! Thank you.

Candidate Q&A

Why are you running?

Because with a rise in crime in my community and being a former Boys and Girls Club Director, it is troubling to see kids I worked with on both sides of gun violence.  I am running to make my community safer and make the lives of everyday working people  easier by advocating and co-sponsoring legislation that will tangibly improve their lives.

What does this office do well, and what needs fixing?

This office is good at commanding a large platform for issues, what needs to be fixed is the partisanship and vitriol that has infected our society and made us more divided than ever.

What is the most pressing issue facing your constituents and how do you plan on addressing it?

Rising violent crime in our teenage to young adult population.  We must invest in education, our teachers and schools are struggling and it’s apparent in the changing and troubling behavior of that population.  We also need to invest in youth development programming to be able to engage kids at a deeper level and which is something youth development is excellent at when the resources are available.  We also need to change the dynamic of the police and our communities, the police are a vital proponent of the safety of our communities and we must have a working, functional and efficient relationship. All communities want to be policed the same, no matter the demographics.

What specific steps would you take to ensure your office is accessible and responsive to your constituents?

Holding regular town halls and making sure constituency services are fast and efficient will keep our office engaged and responsive.  I have worked with my community in a similar fashion in my day job and these skills will directly transfer.