By A.C. Lincoln, Rochelle
To the Editor:
U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Channahon, took to social media July 30, 2018, to laud former President Dwight Eisenhower’s action on the national motto, “In God we trust.” That same day, the Rev. Kenneth R. Storck spoke before an audience of about 175 residents and declared that 50 faith leaders have endorsed Sara Dady for Congress.
Storck spoke at a community forum hosted by Action for a Better Tomorrow, an Indivisible group. ABT invited two guests: Sara Dady, a progressive Democrat and small business owner; and Kinzinger, the incumbent representative who did not show up.
As I observed members my community engaging in the civic process, I noticed two things:
1. Illinois’ 16th Congressional District is clearly excited about Dady. Her platform includes Medicare for all, to allow all Americans equal access to the health care we may need for addiction treatment, for mental health care, for basic health care. Dady refuses corporate PAC money. She will defend the constitutional rights granted to everyone in America, including fighting for-profit detention for civil offenses.
2. Kinzinger couldn’t be bothered to come. More than 850 constituents petitioned for a bipartisan community forum. Kinzinger ignored the petitions. For weeks, the ABT called and emailed Kinzinger’s offices regarding the forum. Kinzinger and his staff did not respond. A formal invitation was hand-carried to his office. Kinzinger stayed mum.
Kinzinger hides from and ignores constituents with whom he disagrees. At the Dixon community forum, however, Dady proved just how invested she is in the 16th District. Dady spoke off-script and from the heart. She listened to questions that were not pre-screened by a moderator but that came straight from her future constituents themselves. She earned the applause, the cheers, and, yes, a few standing ovations from an audience that came from DeKalb, Dixon, La Salle, Rockford, Steward and more.
You can learn more about Dady at saradadyforcongress.com. She attends many events throughout the district and is happy to speak with and advocate for everyone in the district. Vote for Dady in the midterm elections on Nov. 6, 2018.