Businessman and former state Rep. Dwight Kay, R-Glen Carbon, has filed his paperwork for the 112th District, vowing to fight incompetence and corruption in the General Assembly.
“Springfield is a disaster,” said Kay, who filed with the State Board of Elections with over 1,300 signatures, more than double the required amount. “If we don’t bring back common sense and family-friendly policies, the state will continue its steady decline.”
Rolling back property taxes, repealing the recently increased income tax hike and working to bring back jobs to southern Illinois are at the top of Kay’s agenda. He added he would cut his lawmaker pay by 10 percent and refuse to accept the pension lawmakers lavish on themselves.
“A strong private sector is the key to creating jobs. Raising taxes, refusing to pass pension reform and letting Chicago politicians run the state into the ground only chase jobs away,” said Kay. “Small businesses and employers are overtaxed and overregulated. I will fight to create an environment for businesses to grow and entrepreneurs to succeed.“
Kay has worked for Cassens Transport, one of the largest, privately-held transport companies in North America for more than 40 years. Upon graduating from college, he started in the mailroom and worked his way up to vice president.
He served as state representative for the 112th District from 2011 to 2017. He was defeated in the 2016 general election by Democrat Katie Stuart of Edwardsville, who is running for re-election.
A father and grandfather, Kay resides in Glen Carbon with his wife, Nancy. He is a member of Gideons International and Central Presbyterian Church.