On Thursday, December 15, 2016, @ 1:30 P.M., in the Press Room at the State Capitol, Randy Stufflebeam announced his candidacy for the 2018 race for Governor of Illinois. Guided by his strong connection with and fidelity to both the federal and state constitutions, he chose this date to make the official announcement of his gubernatorial campaign because this was the date in 1970 the current Illinois State Constitution was ratified.
Born in 1960 in Chicago and raised in a small town in Illinois, Randy received his formative education in both public and private schools. In 1980, Randy joined the Marine Corps, swore to an oath, and spent the next 22 years of his life supporting and defending our Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic. That oath he swore to meant something very special to him.
After his retirement from the Marines in 2003, he became painfully aware that the most dangerous enemies of the Constitution were of the domestic type and were more of a threat to his country than any foreign enemy he had ever faced as a marine. Consequently, politics entered his life. His plan is to bring back an authentic constitutional consciousness to Illinois politics and fight for the faithful support of its Constitution in all areas of state government. This is his mandate for the people of Illinois. In order to do this Stufflebeam has chosen to represent the Constitution Party to communicate his message.
Randy has been the Chairman of the Constitution Party of Illinois, Chairman of the Midwestern United States Region, and Vice-Chairman of the national party. He ran for Governor of Illinois in 2006, receiving a record breaking 19,020 officially recorded votes as a write-in candidate. In 2010, he ran for the U.S. Senate, where the opposition, through their General Council, was able to keep him off the ballot by rejecting enough signatures to stop his campaign just 65 signatures short of the required 25,000.
Most legislators, he believes, ran and got elected for the right reasons but found that their hands were tied by the corrupt machinery. This candidate says it’s time to think outside the box, and "the box is the left-right paradigm that was surreptitiously designed long ago to keep us forever fighting, forever limiting beneficial accomplishments, and forever divided". Noting the problems with unfunded pensions out of control, a 13 billion dollar deficit, increasing layoffs and unemployment, and families too often unable to support themselves, Randy believes it’s time to do something different.