Hillsboro City Council, Ward 1


Editor’s note: All 12 candidates for Hillsboro City Council were contacted by The Times-Gazette and asked to provide some basic background information, along with answers to five specific questions, and an opportunity to make additional comments. Candidates were given no specific word limits, but were asked to avoid overly-lengthy answers.

Most candidates answered all the questions, but some did not. If information is missing it is because it was not provided despite multiple efforts, including the involvement of the respective party chairs, to give candidates the opportunity to answer all questions.

Their responses are being presented as they were supplied, with editing only for grammar, to make an answer clearer, or to reduce overly-lengthy responses. Today we present the responses as received from candidates for Ward 1, featuring Democratic Party candidate Robert Smith and Republican Party candidate Adam Wilkin. No editing was done for length.


Age: 53

Family: Wife: Terri Smith. Children: Ashley, Jasmine, Leon, Chris. Grandchildren: Amani, Kamia (Me-Me), Jaxon.

Party: Democrat

Education, work and public office experience: Hillsboro High School graduate. Teva Pharmaceuticals.

Q. In general, why are you seeking election to this office?

A. To represent the citizens of the 1st Ward and Hillsboro.

Q. Why are you a good choice for this office?

A. I am open-minded and honest.

Q. What do you see as the top 2 or 3 issues facing the city of Hillsboro?

A. We need more jobs, and to fight the drug problem. Home ownership, especially for our young people.

Q. Mayor Drew Hastings has been in office since January 2012, and his current term runs two more years. Some credit him with improving the city in a number of ways, including aesthetically and financially. Others say he is a divisive presence, and his social media comments have sometimes been controversial. Since council must work with the mayor, please share your own thoughts about Mayor Hastings.

A. I am willing to work with the Mayor and any member of council for the good of the city.

Q. What accomplishments are you most proud of, either in public service, the private sector, or your personal life?

A. Family, church and community service

Additional comments: I would appreciate your vote on November 7th.


Age: 40

Family: Wife: Rebecca Wilkin. Children: Coen, 13, Bridget, 13.

Party: Republican

Education, work and public office experience: Associates Degree in Information Technology. Employed as a maintenance/custodial man at Great Oaks for 11 years in January.

Q. In general, why are you seeking election to this office?

A. The reason I am running for city council is simply because I want to be a part of making this city of ours as good as it can be. All too often individuals would rather set on the sideline and gripe, or complain about our town, and aren’t willing to put in some effort to see that things improve. I don’t want to be one of those individuals. I want to be a part of the positive change. Everyone should want to be a part of improving our hometown. Be a part of it!

Additional questions were not answered.

Robert Smith
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Adam Wilkin
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