With the race to replace Representative Tim Johnson on November’s Election for the 13th congressional district winding down, three of the four candidates were in Carlinville last night to hold a public forum.
Jerry Clarke of Urbana was not able to make it to the forum due to him being called into duty as he is a reserve serviceman.
The three candidates who were at the forum were Rodney Davis of Taylorville, Erika Harold of Chicago, and Kathy Wassink of Shipman.
One of the candidates for the office is Taylorville Native and current programs and grants manager for Congressman John Shimkus, Rodney Davis.
Davis says he will cut spending.
Davis says he will cut spending in a few specific ways.
Davis says he can win Independent voters.
Wassink said during the forum that there was a need for a woman candidate, but Davis disagrees and says the winner should be the best one for the job regardless of gender.
Erika Harold a Harvard Law graduate and former Miss America is also one of the last four left to replace Tim and says that she wants to reach out to voters.
Harold also says that she wants to move past her Miss America Crown in this election.
Harold says that she wants to assume the best of people that disagree with her.
Kathy Wassink attacked Harold on being a “Chicago Republican”, but Harold says she considers herself a downstate republican.
Wassink says that her business background is what sets her apart.
Wassink says that she wants to get more people involved if she is elected as a congresswoman.
Wassink says that she wants to center things on the constitution
Wassink says that she does not change her views when she is a different county like Harold.
The Republican nominee for the U.S. House should be chosen today by County Chairmen.