QUINCY — With local elections a little more than two weeks away, Adams County Republicans stressed party unity and get-out-the-vote efforts Sunday during the Lincoln/Reagan Day event at the Quincy Senior & Family Resource Center.
About 175 people turned out for the annual event sponsored by the Adams County Republican Central Committee to listen to elected officials discuss local, state and national issues.
Quincy Mayor Kyle Moore, who is being challenged by Alderman Jeff VanCamp in the April 4 election, highlighted the successes of his administration during his first term.
“We are a community that has a balanced budget and reserves. It’s a story that many cities in Illinois can’t tell,” Moore said. “Critics are motivated to get back to status quo. This is a town I’m proud to lead. That’s why it’s important to vote.”
Moore, who in 2013 became the first Republican to serve as mayor since C. David Nuessen left office in 1985, also spelled out differences with VanCamp, who is running as an independent and has represented the 6th Ward for nearly two years.
He also urged those in attendance to not be complacent and to help get out the vote.
“We can’t let my opponent get away by saying he’s an independent,” Moore said, listing a number of Democratic principles he said VanCamp has supported. “He’s a Democrat.”
Both state Rep. Randy Frese of Paloma and state Sen. Jil Tracy of Quincy spoke about the difficulties of passing a budget in Springfield. Illinois has not had a full-year budget in nearly two years, and negotiations on a “grand bargain” between Senate Republican and Democrat leaders and Gov. Bruce Rauner have stalled.
U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood of Dunlap stressed West-Central Illinois values and the region’s relationship with Abraham Lincoln, the nation’s 16th president.
“I love telling people (in Washington, D.C.) that I serve the district that (Abraham) Lincoln once served when he was a congressman and the district where (Ronald) Reagan went to school at Eureka College,” LaHood said.
“The West-Central Illinois values are the values Lincoln brought to Washington and got us through one of the toughest times in U.S. history — the Civil War. To be in Lincoln’s seat means a lot to me. We need more West-Central Illinois values in the Washington government.”
LaHood also urged support for President Donald Trump.
“We need to get behind him,” LaHood said.
He added that he has met with Trump several times and reminded the president not to forget about the people in LaHood’s district who solidly supported the businessman in the November election.