Democratic candidate Howard Solomon (R) answers a question during a candidate forum involving candidates running for the Illinois House seat in District 70. Libertarian John Eldon Mathey (L) and Democratic opponent Paul Stoddard (C) also participated in the forum organized at DeKalb High School. (Photo credit Scott Zak/WLBK)

DeKALB (Heartland Newsfeed) — Students from DeKalb High School had the opportunity to ask questions to candidates running for the Illinois House seat in District 70 during a candidate forum held Tuesday, Mar. 6 by the school’s Politically Active Youth group.

Democratic candidate Howard Solomon (R) answers a question while Libertarian John Eldon Mathey (L) and Democratic opponent Paul Stoddard (C) listen during a candidate forum involving candidates running for the Illinois House seat in District 70 organized at DeKalb High School. (Photo credit Scott Zak/WLBK)

A student-submitted question asked the candidates about their thoughts of guns and the idea of gun control.

Paul Stoddard, the first of two Democrats running in the March 20 primary election, states that there are things that should have been done to stop people who shouldn’t have guns — like those who suffer from mental illness or are on psychotropic prescription drugs — which would have prevented the killing others. A suggested idea was the introduction of expanded background checks.


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Howard Solomon, Stoddard’s primary opponent, supports engraving bullets so they can easily be tracked back to the guns that fired them. He also recommended changes to the Second Amendment in his opening statement.

John Eldon Mathey, a Libertarian candidate who will begin collecting petition signatures March 27 to get on the ballot in the November 6 general election, recommends not reporting the name of shooters to prevent copycat killers. He also comments that new laws are not the answer to end mass shootings.

The lone Republican in the race, Jeff Keicher, was unable to attend the forum.

This article was edited to reflect the correct date the forum was held.

Jake Leonard is the editor-in-chief of Heartland Newsfeed. He is general manager of Heartland Internet Media Networks and an active contributor to four newspapers for Pana News Group. He also serves as chairman of Tri-Counties Libertarian Party and Capital Area Libertarian Party, deputy candidate recruitment director for the Libertarian Party of Illinois and as chairman/co-founder of the Libertarian Party Millennial Caucus.

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