To the Editor:
On Aug. 30, I attended a candidate forum hosted by the Association of Mature American Citizens. AMAC invited all candidates, Republican, Democrat and independent, for the county, state and federal races in Winnebago County. AMAC has no affiliation with any party, but it does lean conservative on the issues.
I was looking forward to hearing questions about some issues that were not my “hot-button” issues. I also felt confident that U.S. Rep Adam Kinzinger, who is a Republican, would show. The audience would consist of constituents who are more representative of his base, conservative. Unfortunately, he chose not to show. In an email from his office, he stated, “We’ve got our campaign initiatives covered.” Apparently those initiatives don’t involve taking time to answer questions from constituents, even conservative ones.
One candidate who did show, however, was Sara Dady, who is running for Kinzinger’s seat as a Democrat. She emphasized that it is important to her to speak with voters in the Illinois 16th Congressional District, regardless of the party affiliation. She feels that above all, we are Americans and as House representative, her job is to represent us in Congress.
This is impressive and is definitely representative of how Dady has run her campaign. In the past year as she has campaigned, we have seen her travel multiple times to all 14 counties that make up this district. Every day, she is meeting with voters, asking them what is important to them. This is a welcome contrast to Kinzinger, who tells us what should be important to us.
Nov. 6, we go to the polls to choose who will represent us in Congress. That person will need to remember they represent all voters in the district, not just those from their party or the ones who donate a lot of money.