4th District candidates stick to their statements

By Alyssa Donovan

April 6, 2013 Updated Apr 6, 2013 at 10:41 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill.-- With election night right around the corner, local candidates are making a final push to win votes.

A forum was held Saturday morning by the 2nd Ward Peoria Republicans at the Lariat Club.

For Peoria's 4th district city council candidates, this was a chance to clear the air.

Campaign literature recently released by candidate Jim Montelongo stated his opponent, John Kunski was in favor of buying the Peoria Chief ballpark downtown.

Montelongo claims the information was stated during a joint interview with the Journal Star, but Kunski says it's simply not true.

"There were two journalists there and they took notes and in today's paper they said it was not their recollection nor in their notes that I made those statements... Completely contrary," said Kunski. "So it was a fabricated story."

Kunski says he feels it was just a negative run by his opponent in an effort to win the election.

However, Montelongo says he stands by the statement.

"Over the last 12 years I've been in four campaigns," said Montelongo. "I've never misled anybody. I've never lied. I've always told the truth, and I stand by what I wrote down in my notes."

Both candidates have experience in City government and say if elected they would like to continue the work of longtime 4th district councilman Bill Spears.

The consolidated primary election is this Tuesday.

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