In the race for the 18th congressional district seat, Republican incumbent Aaron Schock is facing Democrat Steve Waterworth.
Our question: A recent Wall Street Journal / NBC News poll finds the approval rating for congress has tied its all-time low while its disapproval rating has tied an all-time high.
Why is that, and what would you do to reestablish confidence with citizens you represent?
Well I think there is a great sense of frustration in Washington D.C. People sense that the system is broken because there's not a lot getting done right now and I think it's up to the electorate to demand from their elected officials a greater accountability to get things done. And we all have a responsibility when we go to the polls to choose people to serve on our behalf that represent us in the way we're proud of. In other words, I can say I'm proud of the way I go to Washington D.C. Not that everyone in my district agrees with me, but I'm respectful of people in Washington and I think I've engendered the respect of my colleagues, the democratic and republican sides of the aisles because of the way I perform when I come in the capital.
I have a lot of, what
I like to call, real-world experience, even though I'm twice as old as Aaron
Shock is. And because of that, I have a lot of real-world experience. I've done
24 years in the military, I retired from the Peoria International Guard. I've
been on numerous boards including Community Action, Head Start, local zoning,
my town board or my local township. I grew up on a farm; I know about farming.
I feel like I bring a lot more to the position of representing the people of
the 18th than my opponent, Congressman Schock.