Marine Charlie Helmick Announces Run For Illinois House District 72 (Moline)
Helmick is a resident of Silvia, Illinois
Press Release For Political Candidacy
July 5, 2023
Charlie Helmick a resident of Silvis, Illinois officially announced his candidacy today for State Representative in the 72nd District. The seat is currently held by Democrat Gregg Johnson who is rumored to be stepping down.
Republican Tom Martens challenged Johnson in the 2022 midterms but lost the race. This is Johnson's first term in office.
Johnson, a correctional officer won a three way primary to continue to the general election.
Helmick is a former Police Officer and has worked for the Department of Homeland Security. He also served in the United States Marines serving overseas.
When asked why he wanted to run Helmick stated: “I've served my country in uniform before and I want continue to serve again in the Illinois General Assembly to give the people of my district the representation they deserve. I want to be their voice to fix the problems the Democrats created including giving us a bad economy and crime ridden streets."
Here is Helmicks official press release:
My name is Charlie Helmick, and I'm announcing my run for the Illinois House of Representatives in the 72nd District. I'm a Marine and a former law enforcement officer. The reason I am running is that I am a father. As a parent, I want to provide a better future for my grandchildren down the road into our future. We cannot afford to mortgage our mistakes and financial problems, so they have to deal with it later. As you know, we are suffering from too much governmental control influencing our everyday lives.
Meanwhile, we are being taxed to death. This is not acceptable. Our children are being taught sex education with SB818. Our children are today social experiments. Let them be kids again. Activist Politicians attack our Police. Today criminals have more rights than innocent citizens. Our economy is broken. Inflation is sky-high. Taxes are increasing to pay for needless social programs, while our pension will fail. I will protect our pensions. Crime is out of control. We need more enforcement to prevent crime. I want to provide better care for our seniors. Giving them the tools they need to live comfortably instead of fighting just to stay alive. I'll fight to recall HB3653.
I want better care for our veterans. For too long, they have been neglected. Just look at the Veteran nursing home disaster. I demand better care for our seniors and better access to healthcare for women. I also want to lower taxes and rebuild Illinois through infrastructure and financial stability. It's time to rebuild our economy. My plan includes bringing back business that will fuel our economy and bring back jobs. I also believe in term limits. I will fight corruption. Illinois can find itself back to how great it once was.
Because of inaction and misdeeds, our elected leaders have failed us. It's time for a new generation of honest citizens built up of parents to run and actually represent our communities. It's all about the children. No parent should have to lose their child. It's about prevention, not intervention. That is why I will introduce legislation to provide better programs and training for our children. To cut off access to crime, drugs, and gang activity. Our parents will become more involved. It starts when they are young. When you help them become honest citizens, that in itself will cut off the flow of violence, including shootings and homicide. I look forward to being your voice to finally give the representation that you deserve for the sake of our children's future. New days are coming soon!