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March 15, 2016 — Illinois Primary Election

District 9U.S. House of Representatives — Republican PartyMarch 15, 2016Illinois Primary Election

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March 15, 2016Illinois Primary Election

U.S. House of RepresentativesDistrict 9 — Republican Party

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Representatives are elected to two-year terms to represent the people of a specific congressional district in the federal government. They introduce and vote on new laws, hold hearings, and are responsible for approving federal taxes.
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  • National Security
  • Economy
  • Fostering spirit of bipartisan cooperation
Profession:Executive, Community Volunteer
University of Illinois B.S., Human Resources (1987)
Volunteer and Events Director, New Trier Republican Organization (2012current)
Religious Education - Catechist, St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church (2010current)

Joan McCarthy Lasonde has lived most of her life in the Ninth District. She was born in Rogers Park and grew up in Skokie, one of the most diverse communities in the District, in a close Irish family. After attending public grade school, she went to St. Scholastica High School in Rogers Park before going to the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.

Both of Joan’s parents were Chicago Public School Teachers. Joan’s father always told her to get an education. “It’s the one thing people can’t take away from you,” he always said.

After earning a Bachelor’s Degree at U of I, Joan moved to California and joined the advance marketing team of Circus Vargas, the world’s largest travelling big top circus. There, she travelled the country and worked with people from all walks of life.

In the early 1990s, Joan returned to Chicago and worked at various advertising agencies on accounts such as First American Bank, Illinois State Medical Insurance, Popeye’s Chicken, St. Pauli Girl Beer, and Yamaha.

During that time, Joan married Greg Lasonde, a manufacturing executive whose work mandated a move to Michigan in 2000. While in Michigan, the Lasondes welcomed two daughters, Katherine (now 15) and Margaret (now 13). The Lasondes relocated back to the the Ninth District in 2004.

Joan does not just live in the Ninth; she gives back to the communities that gave her so much. She’s been a Girl Scout Troop Leader, a teacher at St. Francis Xavier Parish, a board member with the Evanston School Children’s Clothing Association (ESSCA), and a board member on the LWV (League of Women Voters) – Wilmette. Joan is also actively involved in the schools where her children go, as well as her Church.

Joan has been active in local politics, working with an advocacy group focused on Wilmette Parks, helping school board members and other local candidates get elected, and coordinating volunteers and events with the New Trier Township Republican Organization.

She’s one of the founding members of the Policy Circle, a women-run non-profit organization focused on educating everyday Americans on state and federal policy issues including education, healthcare, taxes, pensions, and  unfunded liabilities.

Finally, Joan and Greg are foster parents to a 6-year-old child, who has been living in their home for 2 ½ years. They are licensed by DCFS, and Joan has become a strong advocate for all children, even helping one young boy find his forever family.

  • Republicans of Maine Township
  • Chicago Fraternal Order of Police
  • Republicans of Wheeling Township
  • Chicago Police Sergeants’ Association
  • New Trier Republican Organization
  • Northfield Township Republican Organization
  • Niles Township Regular Republican Organization
  • Evanston Township GOP
  • Republicans of Elk Grove Township
  • Republican Women of Park Ridge
Total money raised: $202,305

Below are the top contributors that gave money to support the candidate(s).

1
Kirkland & Ellis
$8,600
2
Foov Fitness
$5,400
2
gaa incorporated
$5,400
2
Levine, Marc
$5,400
2
Uline
$5,400

By State:

Illinois 87.41%
Indiana 4.70%
New York 3.76%
New Hampshire 1.62%
Other 2.51%
87.41%

By Size:

Large contributions (88.67%)
Small contributions (11.33%)
88.67%11.33%

By Type:

From organizations (2.06%)
From individuals (97.94%)
97.94%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the Federal Election Commission.

I am a fiscally responsible social moderate who is tired of the political games paralyzing Washington, D.C. I believe in free markets, free enterprise, free trade, and the power of the private sector to provide the prosperity America has grown accustomed to. As a foster parent and an active community volunteer, I also know how effective safety net programs are vital in improving the lives of those trapped in poverty. Unfortunately, our social programs have helped trap people in poverty. I believe success should be measured not on how many people enter the welfare rolls, but rather on how many people achieve independence and leave the welfare rolls forever.

I believe America has an irreplaceable role in foreign affairs. We are the most powerful nation on earth, and we need to use that power for good. We cannot be the world's policeman, entering conflicts and nation-building around the globe, but we must stay engaged in global conflicts and be prepared to aid our allies. In the Middle East, no ally is greater or more important to us than Israel. As the threats from ISIS and Iran grow, Israel needs to know that any aggression towards the Jewish state will not stand. I oppose the deal with Iran, and I was dismayed to see some members of Congress boycott Israeli Prime Minister Benjami Netanyahu's speech before Congress last year.

I believe the Federal Government's largesse is holding back America's potential. Start with our complicated income tax code. Simplifying our income tax code would create a more efficient market, improve the quality of ordinary Americans' lives, and possibly result in increased revenues.

Finally, I am disgusted by the extremism both parties have displayed in recent years. We have a very diverse district -- diverse in ethnicity, in socioeconomic status, in age, in religion, and in politicall ideology. I believe an effective representative acknowledges the differences we all have and then works to serve the needs of the entire district.

National Security

Summary

National security including securing our borders, defending Americans from the threat of terrorism, and supporting our allies in a time of need is a priority for me.

The world today is far more dangerous than most of us have ever seen in our lifetimes. We have no choice, despite our budget problems, but to invest in a defense force of unmatched capability. We must ensure that our troops are equipped with the finest technology and capable of rapid deployment against a variety of threats. Our position of strength cannot be lost.

We should limit on-the-ground troop deployments and avoid nation-building and involvement in disputes we cannot hope to resolve, many of which are growing in the Middle East. We need to aggressively respond against ISIS but without significant numbers of American troops on the ground in Syria, Iraq or elsewhere in the Middle East. Destroying ISIS as a nation state does require infantry in large numbers, but they must be supplied by neighboring Arab states – Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Egypt, and others. It is essential that we obtain their full commitment to this effort because air strikes and other support by the U.S. and its allies will have little effect otherwise. With poor execution, we are at risk of merely dispersing ISIS fighters, not destroying them. For far too long, the United States has paid an unfairly large portion of our allies’ defense budget.

We must be mindful that the United States, together with our allies, face a three-front war against terrorism emanating from the Middle East. In addition to the war against ISIS, Europe faces an existential threat from mass migration of refugees, and we all face home-grown acts of terrorism sponsored or inspired by ISIS and other terrorist groups. A genuine coalition must be maintained – the U.S. cannot dictate policy alone while Europe has so much at stake in its refugee crisis.

Israel remains the only reliable democracy and friend in the Middle East. Our relationship with it has primacy.  A vibrant and progressive democracy, Israel is a champion of religious and political freedom.  They are a beacon of hope in a turbulent and volatile region. More than just a moral and ideological ally of the United States, Israel is a key economic partner as well with a thriving free enterprise system bolstered by competitive technology.

Boycotting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s appearance before Congress by some members of Congress was profoundly wrong.  The Obama Administration likewise has seemingly gone out of its way to undermine a relationship of trust and respect with Israel.

The next Administration should immediately review Iran’s compliance with the existing nuclear deal, which was negotiated with no prior notice to or approval by Israel. Any evidence that Iran is cheating should nullify the agreement. Iran already will have profited as much as  $100 billion in sanctions relief by the time the next Administration comes to office, thanks to a poorly negotiated deal. Washington should cite any Iranian violations of the accord as reason for re-imposing U.N. sanctions on Iran, enhancing international pressure on Tehran and discouraging foreign investment and trade that could boost Iran’s military and nuclear programs. It is critical that U.S. allies and Iran’s trading partners understand that investing or trading with Iran will subject them to U.S. sanctions even if some countries refuse to enforce U.N. sanctions.

When I am in Congress, I will work to restore a strong friendship with Israel and to regain its trust in us.

While I believe in comprehensive immigration reform including a path to normalization for those already here, our border must be made absolutely secure. We can secure the border through a host of actions, including the use of unmanned aerial patrols, construction of a physical and virtual fences, and enhanced conventional patrolling.

Economy

Summary

It is time to unleash America's economic potential. 

Forty years ago, President Carter appropriately called the federal tax code a “disgrace to the human race,” yet it has since become drastically more complex and unfair. When used as a tool for central planning, the tax code inevitably becomes crony capitalism where the most powerful interests secure disproportionate benefit directed towards questionable policy goals. Justifiable cynicism about the tax code and the Internal Revenue Service threatens a cornerstone of government, which is taxpayer confidence that revenue is collected fairly, simply and transparently.

The tax code must be simplified. Compliance, collection, and enforcement must be made easier. By eliminating non-capital deductions and lowering rates across the board, growth and efficiency will replace tax avoidance as the drivers of economic activity.

U.S. Corporate tax rates are among the highest in the world, and that tax burden ultimately is borne by individuals — regressively. Additionally, Further, American corporations with U.S. headquarters are penalized when they take cash earned and taxed overseas and invest it in the United States. I will work towards making our corporate tax rates more competitive and ending the penalty for repatriating earnings back to America.

Finally, the Earned Income Tax Credit has proven to be an effective tool in providing an assistance to the working poor. I support its expansion.

A return to rates of economic growth as high as we traditionally had is essential. Absent faster growth, job opportunities will remain inadequate and the budget will remain unbalanced. Growth must therefore be central to our tax and economic policy.

Fostering a Spirit of Bipartisanship

Summary

Congress is crippled by party strategy that puts partisan games ahead of progress. Both parties are repeatedly guilty. I will have none of that.

 

Congress is crippled by party strategy that puts partisan games ahead of progress. Both parties are repeatedly guilty. I will have none of that.

I believe in searching hard to identify where my principles are on common ground with my opponents’, and I will seize that ground to move forward wherever possible.

I will cross my party when necessary. My loyalty is to my country and to the voters of the Ninth Congressional District. In particular, I will not use this seat to push extreme views or threaten government shutdowns absent grave national interests.

— March 8, 2016 Joan McCarthy Lasonde for Congress

Joan McCarthy Lasonde introduces herself to the voters of the Ninth District and discusses why she is running.

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