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updated: 3/21/2012 1:23 AM

Voters choose Kifowit among 84th House Dems

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Aurora Alderman Stephanie Kifowit said she plans to continue running her campaign for 84th District state Representative "the old-fashinoned way," after winning the Democratic primary.

Kifowit received 49 percent of the vote in 67 of the district's 68 precincts reporting totals Tuesday, beating opponents Alex Arroyo and Carole Cheney of Aurora.

Arroyo finished with 26 percent of the vote and Cheney with 25 percent, according to unofficial results.

Kifowit said she walked each precinct in the district -- which includes parts of Aurora, Naperville, Montgomery, Oswego and Boulder Hill -- three times in advance of the primary, meeting voters every step of the way.

"That's what I've always believed in," she said Tuesday night.

She also plans to continue emphasizing her top two priorities: improving the state's financial situation and bringing more jobs to Illinois.

"Jobs and financials go hand-in-hand," said Kifowit, who also touted past work experience as a financial adviser and a veteran of the Marines. "You can't bring in good jobs without getting the state's financial house in order."

Kifowit, a 40-year-old Aurora alderman and substitute teacher, said she has experience governing the diverse people of the area and believes she is the right candidate to begin tackling problems with the state's finances and job creation right away.

She will face Republican Patricia Fee of Aurora in the Nov. 6 general election.

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