On Jan. 30, Ryan Huffman appeared before the Chicago Sun-Times Editorial Board. We asked him why he’s running for the Democratic seat in the 6th Congressional District of Illinois in the March 2018 primary:
My name’s Ryan Huffman. I grew up in the northwest suburbs. I grew up in Elgin. I live in Palatine currently. I’m a data analyst. My background is in public policy. I have a journalism degree from Northwestern but a masters in public policy from the University of Chicago. I interned at the White House under President Obama. I also spent time working on his campaign so I do have some good political background as well as just policy expertise. And yeah, that’s my background.
So, I’m very passionate about campaign finance reform. One of the things we learned in my masters in public policy program is that a lot of the issues that have been plaguing us for decades they actually have pretty easy solutions we just don’t implement them because the people in power have conflicts of interest that are preventing them from being able to actually address the causes of the problems that we see. So I want to get money out of politics. Especially big money. Dark money out of politics and move to a public financing of elections.
Well, we’ve got to fix this tax bill that Peter Roskam helped write and it’s really disadvantaging our district. We in the 6th District take 17 times as much in terms of state and local property tax deductions than the average district nationally and those are the people who are going to be paying for this giveaway to corporations and billionaires. So we’ve got to fix that code. Fully repeal that code and the changes that were in that bill. At the very least we need to get the deductions back for state and local property tax deductions.
The Chicago Sun-Times sent the candidates seeking nominations for Congress a list of questions to find out their views on a range of important issues facing the state of Illinois. Ryan Huffman submitted the following answers to our questionnaire:
QUESTION: As a member of the House from Illinois, please explain what your specific cause or causes will be. Please avoid a generic topic or issue in your answer.
ANSWER: It’s hard to pick just one cause, because I want to go to Washington and create solutions for each of the underlying issues causing widespread injustice across so many parts of our society. I will be a champion for legislation to combat climate change, reform our student loan system, strengthen our unions, and transition to a single payer health system. But first and foremost, I want to work on getting money out of politics.
As long as money continues to play such an outsized role in our political system, we will continue to see policies skewed heavily in favor of corporations and billionaires. We must do all we can to overturn Citizens United, which allows corporations to pour unlimited money into campaigns. I also support legislation that would mandate all…