PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) — The Democratic primary in Illinois’ 17th congressional district is one of the most hotly contested races for the June primaries.
Angie Normoyle is one of the candidates who will appear on the Democratic ballot.
Normoyle joined WMBD’s Matt Sheehan for this week’s On the Record segment.
Question: Tell us a bit about who you are and why you chose to run for Congress.
“I am currently based in the Quad Cities. I live in Moline. I’ve been there for about 23 years. I raised my family there. I teach at Augustana College. I have been involved in local government. These experiences inspired me to enter the race when the seat was free,” Normoyle said.
Question: Tell us about your experience as a teacher. What did you learn there that prepared you to run for Congress?
“Communication is my field of study. I study decision making and organizational communication. Hopefully these skills will be useful to Congress. But really, the part of being a teacher that has made a difference is connecting with our young people. Over time, I’ve seen how many young people, unlike when I started my career, are starting to worry about the future. How am I going to finish my studies without being in too much debt? Will I be able to find a job that supports me and maybe a family? How am I going to pay for a house? Health care?” said Normoyle. “Seeing the change in our society over the past 20 years and the concerns of our young people has motivated me to get into politics because we can make things better. But we have to make changes. , so families can thrive in this community.
Question: Student loans are a big topic right now. There is a discussion about their cancellation. What is your position on this?
“We’ve already canceled student loans for those that were basically operated by for-profit colleges that didn’t deliver the product they advertised. We should continue with these kinds of circumstances. We also have very effective programs to cancel loans when students enter the public service. However, the way these are handled at the moment, sometimes the intent doesn’t hold up,” Normoyle said. “So fix them. Then the last thing I want to do is for the Pell Fellowship. When it was introduced 50 years ago, it covered 80% of the cost of a 4-year education in a public school. Over the years, these grants have not followed. It is now down to 30%. So the Pell grant seems to me to be a great opportunity to increase this funding which would help our students.
Question: This is a newly drawn district. As you met voters. What are their biggest concerns right now?
“They are concerned about economic development. I’m from the Quad Cities, we just had a great bridge built. These projects are fantastic for communities. They create well-paying jobs and also pay dividends on the business side. It’s easier for people to get to work. The other thing that people in this district are concerned about is small businesses. How these small businesses really fit into the fabric of our communities, especially post-pandemic, we’ve seen is so important, and it can be fragile. People want a representative in Congress who cares about the needs of the community rather than paying attention to big business lobbyists,” Normoyle said.
Question: Let’s talk about your top priorities if elected to Congress. What do you hope to accomplish?
“With what happened during the pandemic and the situation in Ukraine right now. We really accept the fact that we need to have more control over our supply chain. The 17th arrondissement is well placed for this. We have transportation with highways, trains and the Mississippi River. Capacity with some of our manufacturing facilities,” Normoyle said. “We have the potential to capitalize on some of the green manufacturing in terms of energy. We need to switch to more sustainable energy sources, this neighborhood is perfectly positioned for that. And then, right here in the center of the district, we also have the Rock Island Arsenal. I think we can learn a lot from what they are doing, and the rest of 17 can certainly be a supplier to this very important part of our defence.
Question: There is a lot of political talk these days. Are you ready to work with both sides of the aisle to achieve your goals?
“That’s a great question, and it’s the heart of local government. It’s easy to get distracted by national messages. Ultimately, if you’re on the county board, your priorities are, “How can we make things better here at home?” This requires working across the aisle. You work with your friends and neighbors and the people you know,” Normoyle said. “So even if you belong to different political parties, you really learn to identify your underlying values, determine the goals you’re trying to achieve and really work from there. This is exactly the type of attitude that I want to adopt in Washington.
Normoyle joins a crowded Democratic primary. The other candidates listed are Jonathan Logemann, Jacqueline McGowan, Linda McNeely, Eric Sorensen, Litesa Wallace and Marsha Williams.
On the Republican side, the candidates are Esther Joy King and Charlie Hemlick.
The primaries are June 28.