Declared 2016 



Water Treatment Operator (Retired)


James “Jim” Creighton Mitchell, Jr resides in Lake Villa, Illinois. He attended a number of colleges and universities, graduating from Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago with a B.A. in Business and Finance. He also pursued a degree in Chemistry with a minor in Mathematics, but this part of his education was interrupted by his military service – he served in the US Navy from 1967 to 1974, after which he was honorably discharged. He has had a long non-military professional career as well, mostly in potable water treatment, pollution processing, and other sanitation industries. He has also worked as Facilities Manager at the Saddlebrook Farms retirement community, Vice President of a manufacturers' representative business, and as a lab technician.

Mitchell is a solidly right-leaning candidate across the board. He supports gun rights, declaring that the “modern militia” (a likely reference to the 'well-regulated militia' invoked in the Second Amendment) is an American citizen licensed for concealed carry. He supports drastically cutting the national debt, as much as 8% after four years, and to that end proposes repealing the Sixteenth Amendment and overhauling the tax code. He opposes any and all abortion, and calls the relationship between husband and wife – one man and one woman – the “ultimate respected authority” within a community. As a means of reducing gang recruitment, Mitchell supports drafting all young people for mandatory military service of at least two years. On the issue of foreign policy as it relates to the contentious Middle East, he stands unequivocally with Israel in all ways, including militarily.

Mitchell believes in the importance of combating the illicit drug trade, and he has a novel idea for accomplishing this goal. He proposes having the government distribute hard narcotics (and even medicinal marijuana) for free upon request, arguing that the flood of no-cost supply into the market will break the economic backs of illegal drug peddlers. He also believes this will make it easier for addicts to seek rehabilitation by decriminalizing their dependency.

In a rare departure from his usual conservatism, Mitchell speaks critically of the “big Pharmacy cartel” and advocates for the need to rein it in. He does remark on the possibility of repealing Obamacare, but he is concerned with equitable access to healthcare for all Americans, and maintains this can be achieved by educating high school students in healthier lifestyle choices. He believes his mandatory military service program, instilling discipline and healthy living in the young, will aid in this goal.

On a vast majority of issues, Mitchell's solid conservatism makes him well-suited to his chosen Republican party, and even where he strays, his views are in no way sufficiently leftist to attract much attention from that side of the spectrum. Most of the GOP will welcome him, and his sympathetic ideas.
 
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