With the upcoming primary elections a little more than six weeks away, we wanted to start talking to different candidates running for the various positions in the Rogers Park area.
We spoke with Arthur Siegel about his vision for the state of Illinois. He is running against incumbent Kelly Cassidy for IL State Representative in the 14th District.
Arthur Siegel Interview Transcript
Intro: I was born in Edgewater hospital, went to New Trier High School, and then moved to California to study music. I was in the music business for a long time where I owned a drum shop. Then I moved back to Chicago.
I am running because we need real change. Not change that is pretend. We need to get rid of the machine and get new blood in there. New leadership. There are a lot of things that are upsetting me about what is happening in this state.
For example, I met a few gentlemen that live at these nursing homes. They are being fed spoiled food and not being treated right. You see them panhandling on Bryn Mawr because they don’t have enough money to eat. I believe if we handle some of these issues we will have less panhandling in Chicago.
This is just one issue. However, it is an important issue.
You are running against Kelly Cassidy. Why did you choose to run again? What do you see yourself doing differently than her?
We’ve come to a point in our society where we need to make extreme, drastic changes. Physicist Stephen Hawkings said we have 100 years left to live on this planet. We have to get extreme and pass laws to protect the environment.
I see that Kelly Cassidy is not as interested in environmental rights. She is more interested in gay and lesbian rights and marijuana rights. I am for marijuana and LGBTQ rights, but we need to focus on the environment.
What about the $25 minimum wage?
This has been a big issue for a long-time and people worried about small businesses. If you just do the math, it should be at least $25 per hour. The question is how can they handle the $25 increase. This is at the end of the day, so there would be a goal to bring it up to a living wage.
When you have a living wage, then people spend more. People go to work, and then have enough money to eat and spend.
What is your first objective in office? How are you best qualified to reach that goal?
The first thing I would do is to focus on campaigns and elections. The current rules in Illinois make it difficult for regular people to serve.
Additionally, there are politicians and statesmen. I believe I am a statesman and not a politician. I want to serve, and I will listen to people. I do not want to be a career politician. I believe we need real change to happen in Illinois. Last year we had 37,000 people leave the state.
Taxes are really high. We need to look into them.
In regards to the skills I bring to Illinois. The constitution is an amazing thing. The only requirement is you need to be a citizen and over 25 years old to run.
I am a people person, and I do care about people. I want to help. My experience dealing with other people is in music. I have been in hundreds of bands. I have to work with different types of people daily. It doesn’t seem like it makes sense with politics. When you work with people from all walks of life that qualifies me. I am a people person.
Again, Arthur Noah Siegel running for IL State Representative District 14 which includes Rogers Park, Edgewater, Andersonville, and parts of Evanston and parts of the 40th and 50th wards.
My tagline is Back to the Basics. Back to straight basics and things will work themselves out from there.
My website is www.ArthurSiegel.Com. The election is March 20th, 2018.