Meet Jerry

Jerry Long has called Streator, Ill., his home for over 30 years. He is a 3rd-generation union worker and a 30-year member of the Teamsters. When he’s not on the road delivering goods, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Pat, and his children and grandchildren. These are the people that he says are the impetus for why he decided to run for office in the first place.

Jerry does not aspire to be a career politician. He’s an average citizen who recognized the direction Illinois is going and decided to run so he could make a difference and leave our state in better shape for future generations.

He believes that economic growth, not more taxation, is the solution to our state’s financial troubles.

On the issues, Jerry is solidly pro-life, and has received the endorsement of the Illinois Federation for Right to Life. He is also a member of the Illinois State Rifle Association and is a strong supporter of the 2nd Amendment.

Jerry believes in personal responsibility, not a culture of entitlement. He believes that welfare programs must be a hand up, not a handout. And he believes that term limits for Illinois politicians would be a good first step toward changing the culture of corruption in Springfield.

In the past, Jerry has served as a member of The Times Newspaper’s Write Team, where he has written many columns that lay out his views on a multitude of issues. Jerry is also a member of Starved Rock ABATE. He enjoys shooting his guns, playing golf, and watching sports. He’s a loyal Chicago Bears fan. He’s also a history buff and a student of economics.

Because of the work ethic he displayed in the 2014 campaign, where he walked neighborhoods and knocked on 30,000 doors, Jerry gained a reputation as one of the hardest-working candidates in Illinois. Jerry Long is the kind of common-sense, principled conservative we need to elect in order to reform our state government.