Abernathy draws contrast with Sente on term limits, has no caveats
Dawn Abernathy, Republican candidate for the District 59 state House seat, recently clarified her stance in favor of term limits, emphasizing that she maintains a consistent position on the matter across all levels of government.
Abernathy, a Mundelein village trustee since 2013, supports term limits for all government officials regardless of echelon. Abernathy's consistency is reflected in her record, as she previously voted to enforce a 12-year term limit on appointed commissioners in Mundelein in 2014.
"If I am for term limits at a federal level, I'm for term limits at a state level, I have to be for them at a local level," Abernathy told the Chicago-based Daily Herald recently. “It doesn't matter what side of the aisle you're on, people should have a choice, and they should be given a good choice."
Abernathy is challenging incumbent Carol Sente in the upcoming 2016 election. In contrast to Abernathy’s policy, Sente expressed hesitancy regarding term limits, saying she would only support them if they were contingent on certain other action items of interest to her, the Daily Herald said.
Abernathy also recently took a strong position on elected officials’ eligibility for legislative pensions and health care benefits, pledging that, if elected, she would refuse to accept either.
"I intend to bring solutions to the table, not add to Illinois' financial shortcomings," Abernathy said. “While my opponent has spent her tenure in Springfield fighting pension reform at every decision point … we need to take meaningful steps toward ensuring the sustainability of the funds we have promised our state retirees. I am going to Springfield to work toward real solutions for all of the families and businesses in my community.”
The 59th District consists of parts of Buffalo Grove, Gurnee, Lincolnshire, Long Grove, Mundelein, Vernon Hills and Waukegan.