Let’s make history together
Time for a Change
Carl intends to replace the incumbent, Rep. John Shimkus, in the Illinois 15 Congressional District in 2018. Shimkus’ voting record reveals he votes 100% for corporations, 92% for taxing the working class, and only 5% favoring labor rights and wages. Carl will return representation to the people.
His number one goal is to bring back the thousands of jobs lost to the district. In a number of district communities approximately 10-18% of jobs have been lost. This has created far too many hardships for people. Through the creation of Job Leadership Teams (citizens, workers, union leaders, business leaders, and state/federal officials) Carl will initiate regional economic plans and seek the necessary resources to bring manufacturing, clean energy, and other industry jobs to the District.
Carl opposes fracking and believes that climate change must be reversed. His goal is to implement wind and solar projects that will protect the environment and provide employment.
District 15 residents do not have the financial resources they need for our communities to flourish. Recent budget cuts and a broken healthcare system further exacerbate this problem. Carl’s goal is to provide affordable healthcare to everyone in the district. Mental health centers and community mental health agencies must receive the appropriate funding to combat poverty, opioid addiction, PTSD, and a myriad of other mental health issues that affect the constituent’s ability to be a productive member of the community. Carl strongly supports our veterans and intends to make sure they receive the services and care they need.
Carl will be an open, accessible representative who will never forget the needs of working men and women in the 15th Illinois Congressional District.
Carl was born in Bradford, PA, a close-knit farming community, and spent many summers working on a farm. He learned business skills early on from his father, a comptroller, and his mother, a financial analyst. He graduated in 1985 with a finance degree from the University of Illinois. He started his own business, currently known as Rural Country Marketing Corp, over 21 years ago. He lives in rural Mahomet with his wife, Kara, a veterinarian. Carl and Kara have three children of high school & college age. Carl has played and coached rugby and other sports for many years. He currently volunteers as the University of Illinois rugby coach.
Carl is not a career politician. He is running for office because of a strong desire to return democracy to the people. ‘My grandfather, Merle Henry Beck, was a union pipe-fitter and big believer in the importance of democracy,’ says Carl. ‘He was a man of strong morals and lots of patience. He taught me the importance of a firm handshake and to always do exactly what you said you’d do.’
Carl is an independent voice who will fight to protect unions (the backbone of the working class), Medicare, Social Security, Medicaid, and critical farming programs. His goal is to bring good paying jobs to the district, create a healthcare system that includes coverage for everyone, improve public education, and use renewable energy programs to reduce carbon emissions.
Carl’s strong business background, coupled with his rural roots and coaching experience, helps give him a deep understanding of the values and needs of Illinois 15 voters. He will always put these values and needs above corporations and campaign donations.
‘Midwestern values are strong in the 15th, states Carl. ‘We are hardworking, honest, and good stewards of the land. We’re the backbone of the country and the stabilizing voice that brings us back to center when we’ve strayed off course. I’m running to represent those values in Washington. Together we can make history.’
“When the story of these times gets written, we want it to say that we did all we could, and it was more than anyone could have imagined.”
Endorsements and supporters
Of the Independent Leadership
Carl isn’t a politician. He is a genuine aspiring public servant who will put the greater good first!
“Carl is a decent, honest man who truly cares about people. Our district needs a Representative who will listen to us and represent our interests in Washington, not those of corporations. I wholeheartedly support him to be our Representative and urge you to do the same.” – Sandra Mott