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Letter: County board candidate wants to rein in spending

Published: Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013 5:30 a.m. CST

To the Editor:

My name is Craig J. Genteman and I am running for DeKalb County Board in District 9.

I am an Army Veteran who served multiple tours in Iraq as a combat medic with the 82nd Airborne Division and the 25th Infantry Division. I will be graduating from Northern Illinois University next year, with a Bachelors of Arts in Public Administration and International Relations. I have been married to my wife Angela for 6 years and we are expecting our first child in January.

In a nutshell, District 9 is in DeKalb. It includes to the north everything east of Sycamore Road up to Bethany, down toward First and then Fourth streets, and goes back north along the North-South train tracks, juts east and goes up along DeKalb Township’s eastern boundary line.

Since leaving military service in 2011, I have witnessed firsthand the damages of big government utopianism and out of control spending. The fallacy of central planning is not about rationality and reason. It is not about knowledge and experience. It is about illegitimately exercising power over others. It is about the coercive imposition of an impossible utopian ideal, one that is complex and ambiguous; fixed and elusive; comprehensive and piecemeal; abrupt and gradual.

However, its direction is clear: It leads to tyranny, in one form or another.

I intend on bringing Constitutional Republicanism back to DeKalb County. I am for reining in out-of-control spending. I am for downsizing government to save the taxpayers’ money throughout the county. I do not believe in raising property taxes, especially when the value of property is decreasing. I am for a comprehensive review of our county’s budget by an independent agency outside the “good ol’ boy” system currently used by some of our board members. Finally, I want to review the efficiency of every department within the county to determine the level of effectiveness and find ways to cut waste and spending. As a county, we should not recklessly spend our savings and raise taxes in order to fulfill self-interested projects.

If we ever want to see a return to Constitutional Republicanism in this country, it will start at the local level. Please join me in restoring our founding principles to DeKalb County. It will take everyone’s input and commitment to make this happen. Please like my Facebook page at “Genteman for County Board”. I hope to be hearing from all of you very soon. Thank you.

Craig J. Genteman

DeKalb

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