As we wait for the lines to be drawn, David Palmer is out making phone calls, connecting to donors, voters, and local leaders. David’s jump start on the competition combined with his inspiring personal story and unique experiences make him a strong candidate no matter what the lines look like in Southern Illinois.
David focuses on policies that directly address the issues facing the residents of his community.
David is a retirement planning advisor with Bloomington-based Country Financial. After retiring from his professional basketball career, David spent time with his wife, Chelsea, and her family in Champaign as Chelsea began to build her career at Central Illinois Produce.
It was during this time that he realized Central Illinois is the best possible place for him and his wife to work, live, and raise a family.
David is focusing on policies that directly address the issues facing the residents of his community, such as the need for significant investments to bring high paying and stable jobs. That includes significant investment in Green infrastructure, including more windmills and solar panels to revitalize struggling economies across the district.
While David’s work with Country Financial has given him the opportunity of helping everyday people improve their financial situation, it has also given him insight into the issues facing local farmers who are trying to plan for their retirement and small business owners who are struggling to get the resources they need to pursue their dreams.
He believes that healthcare should be affordable for everyone and that the fight against COVID-19 must be continued. To David, healthcare isn’t just a financial issue, it’s also a moral one. Access to quality healthcare is an imperative for communities to grow and prosper, and getting well should be a person’s primary concern, not the cost of the care they need.
David wants to address the burden of college students who are breaking under the load of crushing debt – with no relief in sight – by helping them to regain financial agency and enable new generations of the middle class.
These are just a few of the issues that David is passionate about – but most of all, he wants to ensure that he represents every single resident of the IL-13th, unlike the current elected representative. It shouldn’t matter if you are from a “red area” or a “blue area”, every resident of the district should feel as though their Congressman is accessible, listens to their problems, and does everything they can to make their constituents’ lives better.
That’s why David is running. It’s about service. Service to the community, to all of the residents of the 13th, and to all those forgotten by entrenched DC politicians who care more about reelection than sticking up for the people they serve.
David and his wife, Chelsea, have two children: David Jr. and a newborn daughter, Quinci Rose. He is the son of David and Sharon Palmer, who raised him outside of Nashville. David grew up playing basketball at Oak Hill Academy and was recruited by the University of Iowa Hawkeyes before spending several years playing professionally across the globe.