Kurt Fowler, a teacher in the Monmouth-Roseville School District, will again vie for an opportunity to challenge for the State Senator seat in Illinois 47th District. Fowler, who will run as a Democrat, will need at least 1,000 write-in votes on the March 20 primary to have the chance to battle Republican incumbent Jil Tracy.
Fowler attempted a write-in campaign during the 2016 race as well, after then-incumbent John Sullivan announced that he would not seek re-election. The 47th District includes Adams, Brown, Cass, Hancock, Henderson, Mason, McDonough, Schuyler, and Warren counties as well as parts of Fulton and Knox counties.
Below is a statement Fowler provided Macomb News Now about his background and his platform.
My name is Kurt Fowler, I grew up near the intersection of Henderson, Hancock and McDonough counties on a family farm, where my mother still lives. I worked at Maytag in Galesburg for 21 years, starting out on the assembly line and then in maintenance. I was one of the final seven union workers when it closed in 2005. While at Maytag I attended Carl Sandburg College and Monmouth College. After the closing, I earned my Masters and Teaching Certificate at Western Illinois University. I am currently in my 7th year teaching in the Monmouth-Roseville School District. I have a pretty thorough understanding of the problems our district faces and would be honored to serve for you in Springfield.
I feel my background makes me a good candidate to represent the 47th district. I have lived in this area my whole life. Growing up on a farm, I understand the family farmer and the struggles that farmers have. When Maytag closed and moved some production to Mexico, It was a critical time in my family’s life. We ended up on Food Stamps and Medicaid while I went back to school to get my Masters/teaching degree. I understand the struggles of those who have lost good paying jobs as businesses leave the state and country. There are so few of these types of jobs left in Illinois. I do not want to see another business leave our area. As a teacher, and as a parent, I have seen both sides of the education system. Our school has a student population with nearly 75% on free and reduced lunches. Our school districts are owed money by the state, it appears that debt will not be paid. We have a huge discrepancy in public education funding. Hopefully the new education funding bill will solve some of our problems. Many of our area schools have trouble hiring and keeping educators because of low wages and benefits. We are facing a teacher shortage.
I have become increasingly dissatisfied with the State of Illinois. I believe that we need to send new faces to Springfield, and perhaps we can once again have a functioning government. I would be honored to be one of those new faces.
I would like the opportunity to represent our 47th District in Springfield. Please write-in Kurt Fowler for State Senator 47th Legislative District.