Wirsing fights for rep. seat

By Lisa Ferro

Dave Wirsing, Republican State Representative candidate, said he thinks his wide variety of experience could help him with his fight for the 70th District seat.

Wirsing, a pork farmer from Sycamore, has a wide variety of experience relating to family and business. He also has served on different kinds of boards, including those with a corporate structure, an organizational structure and a school board.

He said he understands the legislative process in Springfield since he has worked with bills pertaining to the pork industry

Wirsing serves on the Sycamore School Board. He is the past president of the Illinois Pork Producing Organization and immediate past chairman of the Illinois Pork Political Action Committee.

He said after listening to citizens’ concerns, he found that people are concerned with lowering real estate taxes.

“I’m advocating that it (real estate tax) should be shifted into the state income tax area,” Wirsing said.

Unlike his opponent Tim Johnson, who wants to keep local taxes local and have a local income tax, rather than a state income tax, Wirsing said they should continue with state income tax.

“A local tax will not disperse more dollars for that area,” he said. “We need to use state income tax which guarantees dollars coming back from Springfield.”

Wirsing’s other concerns deal with education, health care and businesses.

Wirsing has been married for 32 years and he has four children and two grandchildren.

After graduating from high school, he was in the Army and the reserves for five years and then became a farmer.