Local optometrist Paul Jacobs announced last week he would challenge incumbent Terri Bryant in the 115th District for state representative in the Republican primary in April, according to a news release by Jacobs.
He said in the release that career politicians have disregarded the wishes of taxpayers and have voted to raise state income taxes 32 percent, which is now taking hundreds of dollars away from the average family in southern Illinois.
“Our families already pay the highest property taxes in the nation, which gives them the highest overall tax burden in the nation, and now we will have to pay even more,” Jacobs’ release said. “Southern Illinois needs a principled conservative leader who will listen to and support our taxpayers and stand against the Chicago political machine.”
Outside of the optometry practice Jacob owns, he is the proprietor of Von Jakob Brewery and Winery in Alto Pass.
Jacobs said Bryant has “joined hands with Chicago Democrats,” to enact a permanent 32 percent tax hike without any major reforms in property taxes or any other burdensome taxes. Jacob claims the hike passed because Bryant voted in favor of the it and now families in Jackson County the rest of the 115th district have to pay more taxes.
“Where will Southern Illinois families find hundreds of dollars to send to Springfield and Chicago,” he said in the news release. “Why do families have to cut their budget while Springfield spends more?
“I’m running for State Representative to return business and jobs to Southern Illinois by creating a lower tax burden to Illinois,” his release continued. “We deserve a conservative, reform leader who will advance policies that lower taxes, reform government and root out corruption. We need to make Illinois business friendly now — not later.”