Kifowit tops Fee in new 84th House District
By Stephanie Lulay firstname.lastname@example.org November 6, 2012 8:03PM
Steve Kifowit (left) and Democratic candidate for the 84th district Stephanie Kifowit checks the early poll results at O'Malleys Bar & Grill in Aurora, IL on Tuesday, November 06, 2012 | Sean King~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: December 8, 2012 6:08AM
Aurora Alderman Stephanie Kifowit will become Illinois Rep. Stephanie Kifowit in January, after winning election Tuesday in the new 84th House District.
Democrat Kifowit won 62 percent of the vote in the race against Aurora Republican Pat Fee in the new district, which includes parts of Aurora, Naperville, Montgomery, Boulder Hill and Oswego.
In the contentious race where dozens of mailers flooded voters’ mailboxes, Kifowit outraised her GOP opponent three-to-one, taking in nearly $900,000 in campaign contributions.
At O’Malleys Bar & Grill in Aurora Tuesday night, and fresh from a spirited City Council meeting, Kifowit said she couldn’t have won without support from friends, family and volunteers.
“The whole team, we worked really hard,” Kifowit said. “I’m just always humbled at the voters having faith in me and excited by that.”
The new representative said the state needs to adopt a zero-based budgeting practice, reviewing the budget line by line to determine funding priorities.
Kifowit said she would eliminate stipends for some state boards and commissions, and cut the state’s transportation budget by cutting the state’s vehicle and air fleet.
She has said she would refuse a state pension.
50th State House
Incumbent Rep. Kay Hatcher held onto her seat against Democrat Andrew Bernard in the 50th Illinois House race.
Hatcher, a Yorkville Republican, cited her years of experience and innovation as reasons she should keep her seat in Springfield. She was elected to the House in 2008.
After the votes were tallied, Hatcher said she was celebrating by putting her feet up and watching other candidates’ returns come in.
“The truth is, it is pretty humbling. There’s nothing more precious than people’s trust and this is what this comes down to,” Hatcher said.
Bernard, chairman of the Geneva Township Democrats, was hoping voters would opt for change in the district that covers portions of Kane, Kendall and LaSalle counties.
Republican Pam Roth, from Morris, took the 75th State House race against Democrat Jeremy Ly of Minooka. Roth took more than 60 percent of the vote.
Roth was appointed in January to represent the district that includes all or parts of Oswego, Montgomery, Newark and Millington. Ly is a Grundy County Board member.