Campaign Issues

Building a Brighter Tomorrow

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Preserving and improving public education is one of the most important things in my life. I have dedicated my life to educating high school students.  My wife, Karen teaches fifth grade in Aurora and our two children, attend Batavia Public Schools.  We spend a lot of nights gathered around the kitchen table helping our children with their homework and grading papers for our students we teach.


A child’s zip code should not predetermine their access to a quality education. We need to create equal opportunities for all of our students.  Washington’s priorities are wrong! We continue to spend more and more on the Pentagon at the cost of our public schools. If we want to create a great society, we must start with our children. As Congressman I will advocate for universal access to preschool, lowering the cost of college, and ensuring that every student gets access to a quality education.

Protecting the Health of a Nation

The Affordable Care Act was a great first step in providing Americans with essential health benefits that every human deserves.  The ACA was not the final answer.  The next logical step is to provide every person in the United States with high quality health care through a single payer system.  

Funding Science

Our budget priorities should reflect our values.  Instead of cutting the budget for scientific research we should be expanding federal dollars for the National Science Foundation.  Federal funding of science has brought important discoveries such as vaccines, the internet, and GPS.  More importantly the federal government funding of science funds jobs for amazing people who create a better world for everyone.

Taking Care of the Elderly

The two generations we
need to take care of most.

We should not be looking for ways to save money by taking from programs that our elderly have come to depend on.  Social Security and Medicare are not entitlement programs; they are programs that people have earned and worked hard to receive.  We need to ensure that these programs remain fully funded and successful for the seniors in our lives who spent countless hours taking care of us.





Protecting the Environment

As Antarctica recently reached an astoundingly high record temperature of 65°, scientists overwhelmingly support the idea that human activity is dangerously warming the planet.  To think otherwise is dangerous for the future generations of Americans.  We need to do everything we can to protect the environment.  That includes sufficiently funding the EPA, cleaning our Great Lakes, eliminating lead from our environment, and adhering to the Paris Climate Agreement.

Protecting Human Rights

I firmly support the LGBTQ community.  "Religious Freedom" laws that are being passed in certain states in the country are a code for discrimination.  These types of laws have never been on the right side of history and never will be.  Anytime the government makes laws that allow individuals to discriminate against any group of people we lose some of the founding documents' intent.  If we allow discrimination in the United States we are no better than theocratic nations that we abhor.

Fighting for Women's Rights

Women deserve equal rights, and I will fight for all of the important women in my life so that they have them. I am also a pro-choice advocate.  My parents separated when I was 8 years old, and like many children today, we lived in a single parent household headed up by my mother.  My mother was a small business owner who worked 60 hours a week. My mother is a strong woman who taught her children to be respectful of all human beings.  It is completely alarming that still today women do not receive the same wages for the same jobs that men do.  Today, we have a government that makes decisions concerning women without any input from women.  Recently, the United States Women's National Soccer Team made a great statement by refusing to participate in games until they received the same benefits as the men's team.  

Helping Small Businesses Succeed

JaneBoth of my parents were small business owners.  My mother is a kitchen designer, and my father owned a plumbing company. It has become harder for them to compete as multi-national corporations force themselves into the market. Small businesses make this country great, and we need to allow them to succeed.



Taking Care of our Children

As a society we can't claim to be pro-life and against free and reduced lunch.  We cannot be pro-life and in favor of eliminating head start programs.  In order to break the cycle of poverty it is imperative that we take care and ensure that the basic needs of children are met.

We all come from somewhere

My grandfather came through Ellis Island by himself at the age of 11 and headed to his sister's house in the Quad Cities, he later went on to run a successful small business in Aurora, IL.  Immigrants contribute to our economy and play a great role in what makes our country great. Building a wall will do nothing to prevent illegal immigration.  The United States is either going to move forward with the world and its citizens or be left behind.

Honoring Our Veterans

As a veteran I know the sacrifice all too well many of our soldiers and sailors have made over the years. Our military is made up of volunteers who come from middle class families.  Middle class families are what keep America safe, and when their children return home we need to make sure they are kept safe. I will work to protect and reform the VA so that our heroes get the services that they deserve and that they have earned.

A young Victor Swanson proudly
serving his country


Common Sense Tax Reform

President Trump may not have paid any taxes, but I can’t blame him for that.  What I can do is blame the tax code that makes it possible.  We need to reform our tax code so that billionaires cannot take advantage of the code and put the burden of taxation of the middle class.


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