Illinois Representative District 84 covers southwest Naperville, southeast Aurora and parts of Oswego, Montgomery and Boulder Hill.
Looking to sway the seat to the Republican side is candidate Krishna Bansal. He came to America more than a decade ago from India with just a few hundred dollars in his pocket. He built his tech business from the ground up and is now living the “American Dream”.
“I live Naperville, married for twenty years and I have two daughters who go to middle school. I am a entrepreneur – I have a business based out in the local area here,” said Bansal.
If elected, Bansal’s number one priority is to find a solution for the job problem in Illinois.
“It’s here that I got the opportunity, and that’s the right word, that’s the main thing, to build a successful business and was able to create employment for hundreds of people,” said Bansal. “But today when I look around, theses opportunities are drying up. And that bothers me, that concerns me. So I’m looking to step up and contribute as a part of giving back to society as a public service to run for this office so that we can bring back the same values on what America was founded.”
Bansal wants to set an example that this position should be looked at as a public service to the people by self imposing a term limit on himself, not taking a pension or health benefits from the state, and donating all of his salary.
Trying to keep her position in Springfield is incumbent Democrat Stephanie Kifowit. She served in the United States Marine Corps, was formerly an Aurora Alderman and helped out families while working as a financial adviser.
We reached out to her but she was unavailable for comment.
According to her website, she hopes to keep taxes at bay stating she “does not think it’s fair that property taxes continue to skyrocket even as home values drop and families struggle to keep their homes. She also opposes any measure to shift the burden of public employee pension costs on to local homeowners through property tax increases.”
Kifowit made it a vow to not accept “even a cup of coffee” from highly paid lobbyists so her decisions are made without outside influence.
The candidates have similarities in some of their platform issues such as lowering taxes, fiscal responsibility and finding a different solution to the proposed Senate Bill 16.
“They’re both good candidates so it’ll be one of the interesting ones and it’ll probably be a close race. I think it’s an important one and it could change some of the influence down in Springfield,” said Political Commentator Kenn Miller.
Elections are November 4 and early voting has already started, so make sure you research each candidate and get out and vote!
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