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Democrat Rodriguez calls out IL Congressman LaHood to debate

Democrat Junius Rodriguez challenges Illinois Congressman Darin LaHood to debate prior to the November election on Tuesday afternoon.

Democrat Junius Rodriguez challenges Illinois Congressman Darin LaHood to debate prior to the November election on Tuesday afternoon.

He visited Quincy’s Washington Park to outline his campaign strategy and share his issues with incumbent, Republican Darin LaHood.

He is a 24-year educator at Eureka College and is new to the political arena.

His top priorities include reducing higher education costs, more jobs, and removing politician privilege in Washington D.C.

“Maybe it's time to realize that incumbency has become a conveyor belt. If I am lucky enough to be elected to Congress, I will serve no more than three terms in the house. I don’t want to be a career politician,” Rodriguez said.

Rodriguez has gone on record to say his campaign funds have reached $50,000; at least $400,000 less than LaHood.

The democratic candidate said Tuesday he wants LaHood to debate in four towns: Springfield, Peoria, Bloomington, and Quincy. He told media it is LaHood’s responsibility to debate, especially with the climate of the 2016 elections.

"I think there is a trend in which anti-incumbency is alive and well so if the Congressman is assuming he is running for re-election in the same political climate that elected him last year, That's not an election where you get a nine-percent turnout,” Rodriguez explained. “This is going to be a much more substantial vote."

Rodriguez ended his Tuesday night making a stop in Jacksonville to speak with the Morgan County Democrats.

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