Mike DeSutter enters 74th District race

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record
Mike DeSutter of Woodhull announces his candidacy on south lawn of Mercer County Courthouse on Thursday, Nov. 5.

Republican Mike DeSutter of Woodhull pledged Thursday, Nov. 5, that he will be willing to take a stand if elected to the 74th District House seat.

Speaking during the noon hour outside the Mercer County Courthouse, DeSutter, part of a third- and fourth-generation family farm outside of Woodhull, said in his prepared remarks, "The state is a mess and tough times are ahead. I will make the tough choices so that we can move this state forward."

DeSutter's wife, Melanie, and 15-year-old daughter, Madeline, joined him at the campaign stop. The couple also has a 26-year-old daughter, Charlene, and an 18-year-old son, John, a freshman at Iowa State.

With a brisk wind of more than 22 miles per hour swirling leaves around on the south lawn of the courthouse, the candidate promised not to be outworked and added, "I will use common sense, conservative thinking, to tackle the tough issues we face."

DeSutter said the state needs to pass a budget that stays within its means. Asked after his address for his take on the budget impasse in Springfield, he said that while he supports Gov. Bruce Rauner, "both sides have got to give a little bit. … I tend to stand with Gov. Rauner. Something has to be done."

A veteran of both the AlWood and Galesburg Costa Academy school boards, DeSutter said school funding and mandates should be reformed. He also said the state needs to work through its pension crisis and he promised, if elected, "I will be the advocate and voice for agriculture in the state legislature."

DeSutter is the third candidate to announce in the race to fill Don Moffitt's seat. Moffitt plans to retire when he completes his current term. Knox County Republican Chairman Wayne Saline and Dan Swanson, a military veteran from Alpha, entered the race earlier. All are Republicans.