QUINCY Herald Whig Say Zinga's The Right Choice
Agenda, views and knowledge of the region make her the right choice for Congress
AFTER 24 years in Congress, U.S. Rep. Lane Evans is retiring and
voters will select someone new to represent West-Central Illinois.
Andrea Zinga's conservative philosophy and economic development
agenda match up well with the sprawling congressional district that
stretches through much of Western and Central Illinois. We commend
her to voters.
Zinga, the Republican nominee, has correctly observed that the 17th
District has not kept up with neighboring districts in federal
funding for needed projects. On other issues, Zinga identifies the need to create and retain jobs as the top priority in the district. She wants to see training
programs developed that provide workers with upgraded skills tailored
specifically to the current and future needs of this region.
She sees the need for cooperation between government officials and
business owners, and for a balanced approach in addressing the
interests of workers and employers. In that regard, she supports
eliminating the inheritance tax, which imposes a significant burden
on family farms and small businesses, while remaining open to an
increase in the federal minimum wage.
She is a strong proponent of expanding agricultural research and
advancing the production and use of alternative fuels, including
ethanol, biodiesel and wind power. She recognizes the importance of transportation infrastructure as an engine for economic growth. She supports the extension of Ill. 336 east from Macomb to Peoria and efforts to upgrade locks and dams on
the Upper Mississippi River. Zinga has traveled extensively throughout the 17th District and has come to know its needs and priorities well. It is essential that this large and diverse district be represented by someone with the energy
and interest to serve all segments of its population.
Zinga has shown that commitment. She has been a frequent visitor to
the Quincy area while her Democrat opponent, Phil Hare, has been
This is the second campaign in two years for Zinga, a former
broadcast journalist, and she has consistently expressed her view
that the role of government - and the tax burden it imposes -- should
be limited. Hare, who has been Evans' district director for 24 years, has said it
is the job of government, "to make average people's lives better . .
. I'm here to help." He would accomplish that by expanding the role
of government. For example, he supports universal health care and calls for the
repeal of trade agreements, showing no confidence in free markets. He
also would impose heavy taxes on oil companies in the wake of rising
Furthermore, interest group ratings show that Hare shares many of
Evans' views on social issues, differing sharply from those expressed
by Zinga. The National Rifle Association has given Zinga an "A"
rating, as it did in her last campaign. Hare receives an "F" - a
grade reserved for those considered a "true enemy of gun owners'
Zinga has been endorsed by the Illinois Federation for Right to Life
and has said she "will advocate for the rights of the unborn." Hare
has been endorsed by NARAL Pro-Choice America.
Hare has said Evans, who received identical ratings from those
groups, will serve as his model for service as a congressman.
Zinga has a clear advantage on the issues, espousing a conservative
philosophy on fiscal and social matters that is more compatible with
17th District residents.
Zinga will be the best advocate for meeting the needs of this region,
and the most effective spokesman for its interests. Zinga is endorsed
for election Nov. 7.