On Wednesday, Feb. 13, I met Gregory Haynes at his home in Lynwood.
Haynes has an extensive background in workforce development and said he believes, for that reason, he could bring jobs to the 2nd District. Haynes talked about the Peotone airport project as if it is just one bullet-point in a long list of economic building blocks for the district.
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Jobs, jobs, jobs. That was by far Haynes's chief concern for the district. Haynes said he would make sure enough money is appropriated for the public employment service system. He said he wants to make sure these parts of the government have enough resources to connect employers with potential employees.
Haynes noted he has talked about his advocacy for mandatory sentencing for weeks and that anyone carrying an unlicensed gun should be incarcerated for at least five years. But Haynes said that's only a part of what needs to be done to curb gun violence.
"(Companies) tend to go where they're going to make a profit ... So what you want to do is highlight those markets in the 2nd Congressional District that are profitable. It's not just the airport. The airport should be a linchpin or just one feature of a total economic package." - On economic development in the 2nd Congressional District.
Haynes's seems to put a lot of thought into his stances on the issues. He doesn't regurgitate what all the other candidates are saying and can pinpoint where he diverges with President Barack Obama on certain issues.
On the other hand, Haynes's focus on jobs will put him in the hot seat with each debate. He'll need to convince voters that he really can bring about a return on their investment.
What do you think? Does Haynes's background make him the ideal man for the job? Tell us in the comments!
NEXT: Charles Rayburn tells us why 2nd District voters should support him.
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