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15th Congressional District

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Imagine my surprise when we returned from visiting family and friends over the holidays and read the Dec. 27 edition of The Pantagraph - "Voters to see a few familiar names" by Kurt Erickson, (Page A3).

As a supporter of Dr. David Gill in his 2004 bid to serve as the U.S. representative from the 15th District, I was pleased that as a first-time candidate he earned 39 percent of the vote against a two-term incumbent.

Mr. Erickson indicated that Dr. Gill was defeated "by a an [sic] almost 2-1 margin."

Six percentage points, the difference between 33 percent and 39 percent, might not seem like much; in this instance it amounts to approximately 17,000 voters - that's more than 10 percent of the entire population of McLean County. That is too many voters to ignore, especially when we need new perspectives in Washington.

I trust as the election coverage progresses that Mr. Erickson and The Pantagraph will be more specific with the information published and cover the 15th District race with accuracy.

Diana Hauman



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