Republican Doug Jameson will still hold leaders 'accountable'
Doug Jameson doesn’t see how his loss in the general election changes anything.
“I’m still going to be active in the community, demanding the best for the people of the district and holding leaders accountable,” he told Metro East Sun. “All the reasons I ran for office are still there. We’ve still got high taxes, rampant political corruption and a state representative woefully out of touch with the people in the district he’s supposed to be representing.”
A retired U.S. Army veteran, Jameson came up short in his run against Rep. Jay Hoffman (D-Swansea) in the 113th District Tuesday, garnering just 37 percent of the vote for a total of 14,030 votes. Hoffman took 59 percent of the vote, or 23,647 votes.
Jameson warned voters that Hoffman will support Democratic leadership and higher taxes.
“My opponent will continue voting for Mike Madigan as House speaker and he will be supportive of all J.B. Pritzker’s crazed tax hike plans that will only have the effect of driving more people out of Illinois as fast as they can get away," he said.
Jameson said he’s convinced Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner is a far better candidate to lead Illinois through these troubled times, but laments the Republican leader may have been his own worst enemy.
“He hurt himself in the eyes of some voters with his support for things like HB 40,” he said. “I think what’s happening is people are so frustrated with all that’s happening with government that it makes them unforgiving. In Illinois, we need to remember our obstacle and nemesis is Mike Madigan and not Bruce Rauner.”
The 113th House District includes Madison and St. Clair counties.