Hirner has more than name recognition issue in 18th District race

Staff Writer
Woodford Times

DK Hirner has a name recognition problem. It appears she also has a problem with being forthright.

Hirner is battling fellow Democrat and Washington resident Carl Ray for the opportunity to go up against U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Peoria) in the general election for the 18th Congressional District.

When TimesNewspapers sent out election questionnaires to Hirner and Ray — which will be published this week — they were asked: How long have you lived in the 18th Congressional District?

It's a straight-forward question.

Ray provided a straight-forward response.

"I have lived in the 18th District for 12 years and Central Illinois for almost my entire life. I grew up in LaSalle-Peru and went to college in Champaign-Urbana," he wrote.

Hirner's response: "I was born and raised in the Midwest and was brought up with strong Midwestern values. I believe that the hard-working people of the district deserve to have a representative that will be an advocate for them in Washington, D.C."

Hirner does not live in the 18th Congressional District. She lives in Springfield, which is the 19th Congressional District. According to published accounts, she plans to move to the 18th District if elected.

That is not just a slight oversight. What else isn't she telling us?