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Monday, October 15, 2012

Campaign Spotlight: Mike Smiddy

Mike Smiddy
Illinois House, 71st House District of Illinois
Issues: Children, Seniors, Veterans, Education, Tax Reform, Job Creation

Mike Smiddy is 100% pro-choice and has been endorsed by Planned Parenthood Illinois Action. Mike Smiddy knows that women don't turn to politicians for advice about birth control, mammograms, or cancer screenings. He believes that government should not be involved in a woman's personal medical decisions.

Smiddy's opponent, Representative Richard Morthland, doesn't trust women to make personal medical decisions without government interference. He wants to ban all abortions with no exceptions - not even for rape victims. Morthland has co-sponsored legislation imposing medically unnecessary regulations on abortions. He also opposes age-appropriate, medically accurate, comprehensive sex education.

Mike Smiddy grew up in Hampton, Illinois, a small town next to the Mississippi River. Mike comes from a proud military family. His father and uncle are veterans of the US Marine Corps and his grandfather served in the US Army.

Currently, Mike and his wife Deb are raising two young sons, Logan and Ian. They live on their family farm in Hillsdale, just a few miles from where Mike grew up. Mike works as a supervisor for the Illinois Department of Corrections. Deb is a teacher at the East Moline Public School System District #37 and an Augustana graduate. She also sits on the regional council of the Illinois Education Association.

Mike Smiddy believes that Illinois deserves good jobs that can support a family, quality public schools that prepare our kids for the 21st century economy, and fair treatment for our veterans. Unlike his opponent, Mike has pledged not to work extra jobs on the side—our full-time problems can’t be solved by a part-time representative.

At age 15 Mike began working for a small family-owned business in Silvis where he developed a strong work ethic and learned the true value of a dollar. Mike’s parents, a UAW worker at John Deere and a bookkeeper at a local auto shop, taught him to work hard for his family and his community.

After graduating from United Township High School in East Moline, Mike attended Black Hawk College and Western Illinois where he studied Government and Law Enforcement. After college, Mike went to work for Congressman Lane Evans. He spent the next 8 years working to ensure that regular people had a voice in government.

Lane Evans taught Mike that a legislator’s job is to be an advocate for people and families that need it most— to look out for everyday people. Mike has carried that philosophy with him as an active member of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Union Local 46 (AFSCME) at the East Moline Correctional Center. He served as Treasurer and Executive Board Member for two terms and was one of two delegates from AFSCME who served as representatives on the Quad City Federation of Labor.

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