General Election 2016: Martha Shugart, Candidate for the 75th State Rep. District
Nov 01, 2016 03:21PM ● Published by Steven Jack
Name: Martha Shugart
Employment: Registered Nurse
Family: Four generations from Morris. Single mom of 3 girls, grandmother to 1
Education: St. Joseph School of Nursing, St Francis University, completed BSN program at Olivet University
Previously Elected Office: Former Morris City Council, Grundy County Deputy Coroner
Relevant Community Service: Has taught several hundreds of children through the American Red Cross, have taught classes at the County level environmental protection issues, recycling, waste minimization. I was a member of the Grundy County Domestic Abuse Task Force. I was part of the committee that initiated the beautification process in Morris.
What makes you qualified to serve the people of the 75th District?
The fact that I have served the people of the 75th District as a nurse and an advocate for nearly 30 years. I have been a City Council member and accomplished many things. I served as the Grundy County Deputy Coroner and a member of the Child Death Team. I have been extensively trained in leadership programs. I have been an advocate for the hard working people in my area for decades.
What are your plans to reach across the aisle in the House to help accomplish things for the people of the 75th District?
As an Alderman in the city of Morris, I never had an issue working with the other party. I have demonstrated 100% compliance with bi-partisan collaboration. I have focused on the best interest of the people for 30 years, that’s all I know.
What are the 3 biggest problems facing the people of the 75th District, and what do you propose to help fix these problems
The biggest issue is the budget issue in Springfield. There are critical areas that are not being funded and people are suffering as a result. Services for our veterans, our senior citizens, our disabled are being cut. These programs have to be put back into place.
Political ethics is a huge problem, the current Legislators are not able to collaborate together. There doesn’t seem to be much communication or negotiation happening. Working together is the biggest issue. There appears to be a lack of respect among the Legislators. If they could show respect for one another and listen and communicate, many more things would be accomplished.
I will continue to demonstrate strong political ethical views by being an advocate.
My goal is to stop the cuts to the critical care areas and to create unity amongst the two parties.
Where do you stand on how the state of Illinois should provide education funding for local school districts?
I would support the re-evaluation of the equalization formula. This needs to be reevaluated, as I have discovered that the students in the 75th District consistently rank lower than the students in the rest of the state. I would demand a fair assessment for our students in the 75th district. I would advocate for our teachers. I would ask to be on the education committee to give me the opportunity to have a voice.
Do you support term limits?
Yes, I support term limits
Should members of Illinois’ Legislature be paid while there is no state budget?
By State Statute they have to be paid. The law requires that they be paid. There is nothing there can be done about that unless the law can be changed.