Primary elections are just right around the corner and while there are not many challenged races, there are a couple of races where an incumbent is being opposed. The 109th Illinois Legislative District right now has a mud-slinging Republican race going, with incumbent David Reis who is being opposed in his re-nomination bid by Darren Bailey, a farmer from the Louisville, Ill. area., who says Reis has betrayed the voters. Reis’ mailer campaign, funded mostly by Gov. Rauner backers, paints Bailey as a “career politician” and a “welfare king.” Bailey has kept his cool, but has refuted the smears.
Gov. Bruce Rauner faces Jean Ives, 42nd District Representative from Wheaton, Ill. for the last six years with a consistent conservative voting record.
Locally, the Village of Enfield has a referendum and will be deciding whether to go wet or stay a dry town. In the County Board race, Jakie Carter is challenging David Dosher for the seat to represent District #1. Voters in Mills Shoals Precinct 1-2, Enfield Precinct 4 and Carmi Precinct 13 will have this race on their ballots on March 20. Jakie lives in Carmi-13.
Jakie is 62 years old, and is the the son of Alice Carter and the late Nicholas Jake Carter. He graduated from Enfield High School in 1973. He is married to Lisa Carter and has two children and five step children. They are Jennifer Carter-James (Justin) who works at First Bank in Carmi and Jason Carter (Amber) who is Carmi’s Chief of Police.
Jakie has been employed with O’Daniel’s Trucking for 30 plus years.
Jakie believes his years of experience in management and construction will be of value to the County Board.
David Dosher is seeking to continue in his position on the White County Board, District 1. He is 55 years old and from Enfield. David worked 30 years with the Illinois Dept of Agriculture. In addition, he served five years as the Carmi Township Property Assessor from 2006 to 2010. First elected to the County Board in 2010, he now serves as the Chairman of the Board. He has two adult children: a daughter, Ashley who lives in Crossville, and a son Adam, who resides in Albion. He also has two granddaughters.
David feels his qualifications for serving on the board come from the time he served as Township Assessor and his overall County Board experience. If re-elected, his priority is to focus on the County budget, Ambulance Service, Highway Department, placement of new rural reference signs and to secure funding of the Centerville road guard rail project.
He believes the funding issues can only be addressed by reviewing and adjusting the overall county budget due to anticipation of substantial revenue losses from to the coal mine closure and oil field revenue losses. If re-elected David says he will continue to work towards the best interest for the people of District 1 and the county overall.