Letter: Former GOP chair says Rutherford right for job

Posted Online: March 09, 2014, 12:00 am
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This primary election I am supporting Republican Illinois State Treasurer Dan Rutherford for governor.

I have personally known Dan for over 20 years. He has a strong work ethic and excellent leadership skills. Illinois needs a real leader a person who has the ability to find common ground between the two major political parties.

Since Dan took office in 2011 as teasurer. the Unclaimed Property and College Savings divisions have each posted substantial gains for Illinois. In 2013 the Unclaimed Property Division returned over $139 million in assets and paid more than 70,000 claims. The College Savings Division assets have grown from $3.7 billion to more than $6 billion.

These gains were realized with good business sense and strategic planning. At the same time, 10 percent of the treasurer's operating budget has been reduced. The revenue funding the Treasurer's office is at the level it was in 1999.

Dan is a businessman with 25 years experience in the private sector, he has found ways to reduce spending in his office while maintaining strong standards of performance. As our governor, Dan will make sure all departments and agencies operate with these high standards.

I encourage you to support Dan Rutherford for Republican governor of Illinois

Susie Carpentier,
Rock Island,
former Rock Island County
Republican chairman


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