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Kifowit for House District 84, Democrat

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The Daily Herald Editorial Board

(This editorial was edited for clarification after initial publication.)

The Democratic primary race in the 84th District of the Illinois House is a tough call.

The field is solid in many respects, although we differ with the reluctance of all three union-backed candidates to embrace a defined-contribution option as one of the elements of a multifaceted approach to state pension solvency. We're also disappointed that none of them is willing to rule out a vote in a lame-duck session on significant legislation.

Beyond those reservations, however, we find each candidate to be capable.

Alex Arroyo, former chair of the Aurora Democratic Party, is the only candidate to live in the newly drawn district, but both Aurora Alderman Stephanie Kifowit and Aurora attorney Carole Cheney say they'd move if elected.

We are impressed with the commitment to bipartisanship that Cheney expresses, but our endorsement goes to Kifowit, whose broad range of effective public and community service combines well with the collaborative orientation that seems to be part of many of her problem-solving proposals.

The district takes in parts of Aurora, Naperville, Montgomery and Oswego. Pat Fee, onetime president of the Naperville Republican Women's Organization, is running unopposed in the GOP primary.

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