DIXON – A Democratic candidate looking to unseat U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger advocated for universal health care and reforms to combat the opioid crisis Wednesday.
Neill Mohammad, a health care management consultant from DeKalb, has made several visits to the Sauk Valley during his run for the 16th Congressional District and was the featured speaker Wednesday in a weekly series hosted by the local Action for a Better Tomorrow chapter.
Mohammad, 37, said he wants to create a universal health care system where Medicare is available to all rather than people being subjected to abuses and costs of private insurance companies.
He also advocated for better oversight and penalties for pharmacies and the distribution giants that supply them with opioid medications, feeding into the opioid epidemic across the nation.
The government needs to legalize Dreamers, and wind and solar energy needs to be a priority, he said.
"The government needs to lead investment in green energy."
The district needs a candidate who can represent constituents on a variety of issues, but Kinzinger, R-Channahon, sticks to his main focus of pushing for war in Iran and North Korea – "The one thing he's got something to say about is foreign policy," Mohammad said.
The March 20 primary will be a crowded ticket for the 16th Congressional District. Mohammad will be running against Democrats Sara Dady from Rockford, Beth Vercolio-Osmund from Ottawa and Amy "Murri" Briel from Joliet. The Republicans are Kinzinger, James "Jim" Marter from Oswego and Jaye DeBates from Granville.
The 16th District covers all of Lee, Ogle, Bureau, Boone, Grundy, Iroquois, LaSalle, Livingston, and Putnam counties, and parts of DeKalb, Ford, Stark, Will and Winnebago counties.
Go to neillforillinois.com for more information about 16th Congressional candidate Neill Mohammad.