Lloyd Dean

Lloyd Dean

Lloyd Dean, 76, of Heartville, refers to himself as an independent voter with conservative leanings. In particular, he is passionate about the Second Amendment and the use of the death penalty.

"I own guns," said Dean. "I’m not a criminal. I don’t have any police record at all. I don’t believe my right to own them should evaporate just because some clown out here goes out and kills children. It seems like they’re in competition to see who can kill the most. And I think a public execution would stop it totally."

Dean and his wife, Norma, have been married for 12 years. They each have two children and five grandchildren. Dean is a minister at the Journey Church in Effingham and is a retired industrial electrician contractor. He is also an Army Corps of Engineers veteran.

Dean supports Trump's recent talk of potentially pardoning Martha Stewart and commuting former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's sentence.

"What he did was not any worse than what anybody else has done," said Dean of Blagojevich. "I would like to see him free because he has a family. He needs to be out of there working at something…He’s proven he can’t be trusted in politics but I believe basically he’s a good man."

Keith Stewart, Daily News

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