During tonight's first debate of the general election, former Chief Judge and Congressional challenger Ann Callis demonstrated why she is the clear choice to serve Illinois' 13th District in Congress. The debate, hosted at the WILL studio in Urbana, showcased Callis' pragmatic approach to public service and strong record of helping communities versus Congressman Rodney Davis' personal attacks and continued defense of his Washington insider politics.
"Tonight was a tremendous opportunity to speak from my heart and share with voters my positive vision to move our district forward and reform the way Washington does business. We all know there's so much more Congress can do to serve our local communities and families. I voiced the frustration of the countless people I've met throughout this campaign who are ready for a change and feel like Congressman Davis hasn't taken responsibility for his record of failure. As we saw tonight, Congressman Davis will lie about his record and dodge tough questions rather than let voters hold him accountable for shutting down the government, voting against raising the minimum wage, and breaking his promise on the Ryan Budget and its incredibly harmful impact on seniors and students," said Callis.
During the debate, Callis spoke about her work as Judge in Madison County, where she worked hard to bring back public trust in the courts, earning a reputation as a reformer and tough, anti-crime judge. She shared what it was like to work across party lines to solve problems, including starting the first veteran's court in Illinois, helping troubled veterans get back on their feet.
Callis also held Congressman Davis accountable for his numerous votes to hurt his constituents, including shutting down the government, voting against raising the minimum wage, and breaking his promise on the Ryan Budget. Congressman Davis, a career-politician and political insider, clearly continued to dodge and distract his way out of answering for his votes. At a media conference after the debate, Callis also slammed Congressman Davis on the debunked lies he is spreading with Karl Rove's Super PAC about her residency.
This is the first of three live debates, with others on October 21 in Springfield and October 30 in Bloomington. Callis has already participated in candidate forums in Edwardsville, Decatur, and at Richland Community College.