Foster Township trustee Amy Elik plans to use her diverse skill set in her challenge of incumbent state Rep. Monica Bristow (D-Alton) in the 111th House District in November 2020.
“As a CPA and auditor with over two decades of experience, I served as a trusted financial advisor on behalf of my clients,” Elik told the Metro East Sun. “Given Illinois’ poor fiscal condition, we need people who can audit financial records, ask tough questions and push for fiscally responsible solutions that do not additionally burden taxpayers.”
Elik argues that Bristow has been a liability to the district throughout much of her two years in Springfield, including going back on a promise to look for ways to reduce runaway spending by voting Yes on the recently enacted $45 billion state budget.
Foster Township trustee Amy Elik
“In fact, the only promise she kept was her desire to increase her salary – something she accomplished in the last days of the legislative session,” Elik said. “As state representative, I will advance the needs and priorities of this district, not those of Chicago and [Democratic House] Speaker [Michael] Madigan.”
Elik said her lifelong history of working with members of the 111th District to support their values also makes her a natural for the post.
“I’ll continue to do that in Springfield” said Elik, who also touts herself as a “champion of our Second Amendment rights” and “lifelong defender of the unborn.”
Back in 2018, Wood River Township supervisor Mike Babcock lost his battle against Bristow by just 356 votes, prompting Elik to like her chances in 2020 all the more.
The 111th District includes all or parts of Alton, Bethalto, East Alton, Edwardsville, Elsah, Godfrey, Granite City, Hartford, Madison, Pontoon Beach, Roxana, South Roxana and Wood River.