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Ernest B. Fenton, Candidate for Congress (2nd District)

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Candidate Full Name: Ernest B. Fenton

Office: Congressional Representative Illinois 2nd District

Party: Democrat

Email Address: fenton4congress@gmail.com

Web Site: www.fentonforcongress.com

Campaign Name: Fenton for Congress

Date of Birth: June 7th, 1970

Campaign Office Mailing Address:15943 Sawyer Ave, Markham, IL 60428

Home Mailing Address:15943 Sawyer Ave, Markham, IL 60428

Phone: 773.234.5123, cell 312.498.0681

Occupation: Managing Attorney/CEO

Previous Political Experience: Kenyan Human Rights Commission and US Army

Education: Harvard Law School, JD : Chicago State, BS

Survey Questions (Character limit of 2,000 per response)

1. How would your representation of your constituents be different from what they've experienced the past 17 years?

I am about touching people and making a presence. This is something that the people have yet to experience. I will also bring my background and experience back to the 2nd Congressional District. Throughout most of my life I have had many diverse experiences that I can relate to the 2nd Congressional District constituents. I was born in the city and I grew in Markham while it was still a rural area. I served in the Military and I matriculated from Chicago State to Harvard Law School. While at Harvard Law, I started an international jewelry business traveling to Africa and Mexico on a weekly basis. Soon after I started a law firm that serves clients from South Shore to Kankakee. Unlike other people, I'm really not interested in being a Congressman. I don't care about the title and so called notoriety. I don't care about the dinners, the interviews, and the political pontificating that goes on in Washington. What I am interested in is the opportunity to make the 2nd District great! I'm troubled by the state of my homeland. Most of these contenders are career politicians. This was never the intent of our country's forefathers. Public service was a volunteer position, as it should be. For me this isn't a pay increase but a pay cut, because I love my country and I love my district. I'm not about Politics and Party lines. I work with Democrats and Republicans everyday  helping them save their homes. I was taught by my father that a person's religion, race, and politics are not what you base your decision on. You base your decision on the merit of the "IDEA."

2. Can the budget deficit be controlled only by spending cuts or does the federal government need to raise more revenue? If you favor more revenue, should there be a general tax hike?

This issue is a two sided coin and we must take a long hard look at both sides of this issue. We must then find a balanced approach to controlling the federal budget deficit. Tax hikes on the wealthy (one percent of Americans) and the revision of the tax code to close corporate loopholes shouldn't be a question of if, but when! It's a must for us to get our country back on the correct fiscal track. We need targeted revenue increases and we must close off tax loopholes that favor the top 1 percent and burden the bottom 99 percent of the population. We must fight to keep the American dream alive and make it available for all Americans. The reality is that the social safety net framework established by FDR is no longer sustainable. Life expectancy and living standards in modernity have significantly changed. However, the current system we have is rather byzantine. We must think in the long term; the system is dramatically overwhelmed. Although, most policymakers do not want to confront the rising costs of healthcare, it is necessary that Medicare/Medicaid have the ability to negotiate costs of pharmaceutical drugs. However, seniors should not suffer or feel the effects of these cuts. They have contributed to this country and we owe our promise to them.

3. How would you help create jobs in your district?

I will work with the private sector to create job placements for veterans, recent college graduates, and the long- term unemployed. I will encourage insourcing by establishing a working group of corporate and government officials. Additionally, my goal is to attract and develop new businesses which will generate needed revenues to reduce the tax burden on our citizens, while simultaneously redeveloping and revitalizing our business districts.

4. Do you support stricter guns laws? If so, what would you propose?

My Military background gives me the experience in which I can apply when viewing this issue. A weapon is a tool that is used to kill large numbers of people. However, a gun can be used as a deterrence or means to protect your family. I believe everyone has the right to use a fire-arm for sport or recreation. However, an extended clip is not necessary in any shooting sport. I believe as an American you have the right to buy whatever gun you want. However, there should be certain restrictions in place for particular types of fire-arms.

5. Do you support changes to transportation infrastructure, such as extending the CTA Red Line to 130th Street or building a third airport in Peotone?

I support any activity that spurs economic development for the 2nd district. Personally, I feel that this gridlock shows the burdening bureaucracy that exists in Illinois politics. Our citizens deserve adequate transpiration. However, I do feel that before making a decision that I need to take a deeper look into the economic benefits vs. the costs associated with each project.

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