Kifowit Wins Nomination in 84th State House District

The Aurora alderman will face Republican Pat Fee in November, in a district with no incumbent.

Stephanie Kifowit, who for the last nine years has served as Aurora’s 3rd Ward alderman, secured the nomination in the 84th State House District Tuesday night.

Unofficial totals show Kifowit with a more than 700-vote lead over her two opponents, attorney Carole Cheney and flight attendant Alex Arroyo. Cheney and Arroyo ended the race essentially tied, with only 10 votes separating them.

Kifowit held a victory party at O’Malley’s Bar and Grill in Aurora. Surrounded by supporters, she credited the hard work of her campaign. 

“Walking door to door and talking to voters is the way to do it,” she said.

Kifowit was heavily supported by state Democrats, a fact that drew criticism from her opponents. But she said it was the ground-level effort of her campaign that won the day for her, and she pointed to her voting record in Aurora as indication that she would not be a party-line state representative.

Kifowit will face Aurora Republican Pat Fee in November, and she said her strategy will remain the same: walking the district and meeting voters face to face.

Neither Arroyo nor Cheney could be reached for comment.

The newly-drawn 84th State House District covers half of Montgomery, all of Boulder Hill, the far east side of Aurora and portions of Oswego and Naperville. There is no incumbent.


Kane Kendall Aurora DuPage Will Total Precincts Reporting 4 of 4 8 of 8 24 of 24 6 of 6 20 of 20 Alex Arroyo 78 88 308 49 329 852 Carole Cheney 17 70 228 53 474 842 Stephanie Kifowit 74 229 432 136 720 1591
Christina Smith March 21, 2012 at 03:17 PM
I am so happy for Stephanie, she has been an awesome Ward Alderwoman and will make an awesome State House Rep. Go Stephanie hopefully you also landslide against the Republican candidate in November! Christina Smith - Aurora, IL Hometown Subdivision
Karin McCarthy-lange March 21, 2012 at 07:20 PM
Congrats to Stephanie! I will continue to keep your sign in my yard until November. :)
Norma Gobert March 23, 2012 at 09:01 AM
Congrats Stephanie!!
russ harrison March 23, 2012 at 01:59 PM
ummmm...you might want to recheck that statement that the 84th covers all of Boulder Hill. I believe it covers the portion closer to Douglas Rd and down LongBeach to the LongBeach Elementary school. I know there was some confusion as to where that district ends. At any rate...congratulations to the Lady Marine on her securing the nomination.
Heather Kazmark April 29, 2012 at 02:48 AM
This is going to be a very exciting year in bringing new leadership to Springfield!


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