NIU graduate outlines campaign platform

By Paul Kirk

Partisan politics is one thing that is not in the campaign platform of an NIU graduate running for state representative of the newly-remapped 70th district.

“It’s important to have someone in office (who) is fiscally responsible and who listens to the concerns of the people,” said Mark Ludden, a 1991 College of Law graduate.

“There’s a lot of disenchantment with the administration downstate,” he said.

Ludden, 31, said he feels the district needs a representative without a personal agenda who can communicate with people.

“This district doesn’t need a partisan representative as much as it needs a person who is committed to taking the area’s concerns to Springfield,” he said.

Ludden said he realizes DeKalb is a highly conservative and Republican area, but said he thinks he has a chance because the people are ready for a change in Springfield.

“The numbers are against me,” Ludden said. “I believe this is going to be a shoe leather race with a nonstop pace. I’m not so interested with the odds as I am with the opportunity,” Ludden said.