John Hartman is running as an independent for the 13th Congressional seat in Illinois. (Stephanie Pawlowski/WJBC)
By Stephanie Pawlowski
BLOOMINGTON - There is a third candidate for the 13th congressional district seat, John Hartman an independent.
He's facing off against Republican Rodney Davis and Democrat David Gill for the district that stretches from Bloomington-Normal to Champaign and down to Litchfield and Godfrey in Southern Illinois.
One of the most important issues to Hartman is cutting the nation's deficit.
"Because if we don't, we're going to head in the direction of Greece or Spain," Hartman said. "When lenders stop believing that we're going to pay them back and they start charging us higher interest rates, that's exactly what happened in Greece and youth unemployment in Greece today is 55 percent."
Hartman said the nation needs passage of the Simpson Bowles act. That's the deficit reduction committee President Obama put together to cut spending and raise taxes.
"Really the centerpiece of that plan is almost the total elimination of tax breaks, tax loopholes, tax credits," Hartman said.
As for President Obama's healthcare plan, Hartman said he is supportive, calling it the most comprehensive plan to pass in decades that insures 32 million more Americans.
"So, we cannot go back on that accomplishment. The frontier on healthcare is in the cost and the tremendous amount of spending we're doing right now that is unnecessary," Hartman said.
Hartman said he's been an independent for 30 years. He lives in Edwardsville and is a chief financial officer for a technology company.