Endorsement: Fee over Kifowit in House District 84

The race in the 84th Illinois House District will send a fresh face to Springfield. It fields two solid candidates from Aurora, Republican Pat Fee and Democrat Stephanie Kifowit. Individually, we like each of them. Both have a lot to offer. Unfortunately, as in so many elections, the campaigns in this one have sunk to a level that is worthy of neither of them. We hope they choose to spend what’s left of the race focusing on their visions for Illinois. Fee has been involved in a variety of civic work in the Naperville area over the years and, almost poignantly, seems to draw political inspiration and resolve from a personal story of early struggle and perseverance. Kifowit, an able Aurora alderman and Marine Corps veteran, received our endorsement in the spring primary against three opponents. Fee, who had no opponent in the primary, is the more conservative of the two, but both seem committed to results on the big issues facing Illinois: pension reform, restoring fiscal sanity to state government and improving the state’s business climate. They express generally similar views on those issues. Ultimately, in this race, we endorse Fee out of a belief that she, more than Kifowit, is apt to work to reduce the tightfisted grip that the hierarchy of legislative leadership holds over the process in Springfield. It’s an area that must be reformed, and we believe Fee would actively work for that reform. The 84th District includes parts of parts of Aurora, Naperville, Montgomery and Oswego.

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