Wolfe challenges Schakowsky in 9th
Family: Husband Robert Creamer, three children, Ian, Mary and stepdaughter Lauren
Education: BS in elementary education from University of Illinois, 1965
Lives: Arlington Heights
Family: wife, two daughters
Education: BS in business administration, Illinois Wesleyan University, 1975; Bachelor’s in accounting, Illinois State University, 1978; Master’s in taxation, Northern Illinois University, 2003; Certified Public Accountant; Certified Financial Planner
Updated: November 2, 2012 10:20AM
Democrat Jan Schakowsky is seeking her eighth term as Illinois’ 9th District congresswoman, but she faces an Election Day challenger in accountant Tim Wolfe.
Wolfe, a Republican, is running for elected office for the first time. He was persuaded to run during the Congressional debt crisis over raising the country’s debt ceiling.
“(President Barack Obama) wasn’t getting his way and it became clear to me the people in Washington are not serious enough to make tough financial decisions to turn this economy around and get this country back on the right track,” Wolfe said.
He feels the country’s financial problems have resulted in not enough jobs being created to employ American workers and, if elected, he plans to use his experiences in finances and accounting to make the tough choices when it comes to the federal budget.
Schakowsky was first elected to represent the 9th District in Congress in 1998 after serving eight years in the Illinois General Assembly. According to her website, Schakowsky believes Congress’ number one priority is to create jobs and restore a vibrant middle class.
In 2010, Schakowsky was appointed by President Obama to serve on the 18-member National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform that introduced the Fairness in Taxation Act, which would require Americans with larger incomes to pay a higher tax rate.
The sides differ on health care as Schakowsky supported and voted yes for the 2010 passing of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as Obamacare, while Wolfe believes it should be repealed and replaced.
Both candidates agree that creating jobs and fixing a stagnant economy are high priorities, but each has very different ideas to remedy those problems.
INTRODUCED JOBS BILL
In 2011 Schakowsky introduced the Emergency Jobs to Restore the American Dream Act which she claims would create more than 2 million jobs by using $220 billion over two years, “all paid for by requiring millionaires, billionaires and rich corporations paying their fair share.” The bill has yet to materialize through a divided Congress.
“Millions of hardworking American people are still looking for more than just talk about jobs,” Schakowsky said Sept. 21 on the floor of Congress.
Wolfe, meanwhile, believes in cutting the budget, simplifying the tax codes and lowering the business tax rate as ways to create jobs and improve the economy.
“Members of Congress need to be more partisan toward this country rather than their party,” Wolfe said. “We need to bring the federal payroll system back in line with the private market, get rid of duplicative programs and look at things we can do today that we all can agree on.”