Highlights of Illinois 91st House District debate

Published: Sep. 27, 2022 at 9:28 PM CDT
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NORMAL (25 News Now) - It was Normal Town councilmember Scott Preston versus McLean County board member Sharon Chung at Illinois State University Tuesday night.

Preston is a Republican and Chung is a democrat.

In their opening statements, both candidates expressed why they should represent the Illinois 91st House District.

“Since I started campaigning this past spring, I have personally knocked on over 8,000 doors and I’m talking to voters daily about the things that matter to them,” Chung said.

“We deserve people who are problem solvers, who will have conversations on the ground. Who will work with people to address things in our community. I’m Scott Preston, and that’s what I want to do for you,” Preston said.

As a newly drawn district, the winner would be the first to represent the area that includes parts of Bloomington-Normal, Morton, Pekin and Lewistown.

The two brought different views on higher education, state budgets, and gun control.

“I support that 2nd amendment right I also support enforcing the laws that are on the books in Illinois and making sure that we aren’t letting guns and assault weapons get in the hands of criminals,” Preston said.

“Red flag laws, encouraging really safe storage of guns and maybe even gun safety classes. These sorts of things, I think, could be really ways of just ensuring that we have safer communities over all,” Chung said.

Both mentioned a dedication to funding mental health programs. They also spoke about reproductive rights and strengthening diversity.

“I fully respect that every person’s journey, every woman’s journey to starting a family is unique. That’s something that all of us should respect and I certainly do,” Preston said.

“A woman actually hugged me three times the other because she was so happy that i was running and that I was pro-choice and I stood by her right to choose,” Chung said.

Election day is November 8th.