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Demmer planning to seek second House term

Freshman says priority is controlling spending

DIXON – At age 27 and in his first year in the Legislature, state Rep. Tom Demmer confirmed on Tuesday what was largely expected: He plans to run for a second term in 2014.

Recently, the Dixon Republican told the Lee County Board that as a freshman in a “very minority” party, he gets much of his information about state politics from the media.

At the same time, Demmer has shown understanding with the Democratic-controlled Legislature. For instance, he said this week that while he is hopeful a conference committee can find a pension reform compromise, he is realistic about the “significant challenges” it faces.

“We’ve been debating pension reform proposals for months, if not years,” Demmer said in an update to constituents. “Honest disagreements stem from honest differences in beliefs and policies. The gridlock isn’t because we’ve ignored reform; it’s because reform isn’t easy.”

On Tuesday, he sent out a news release on his plan to run for a second 2-year term representing the 90th district, which is largely Republican. In 2012, Demmer won the general election with 62 percent of the vote. His Democratic opponent, Thomas Boken Jr., of DeKalb, got most of his support in DeKalb County.

Boken said Tuesday he would not be running for any office in 2014.

The 90th district includes parts of Lee, Ogle, DeKalb and LaSalle counties.

In his news release, Demmer said he had held town hall meetings across the district.

“My priorities are controlling government spending, promoting transparency, and supporting job creation across Illinois,” he said.

He said he was the chief House sponsor of bills that were signed into law that strengthened protection against uninsured drivers and established a review of security for schools.

“As the state of Illinois faces serious issues, I know we won’t all agree on every proposed solution,” Demmer said in the release. “But I’ll always listen to new opinions and explain the reasons for my votes.”

Over the weekend, Rep. Donald Moffitt, R-Gilson, whose 74th district includes southwestern Lee County, announced that he would run for his 12th term.

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