Amy Elik is on a mission to serve as the voice of the people of the 111th House District.
Even as she’s running unopposed in the Republican primary today and is already poised to take on incumbent state Rep. Monica Bristow (D-Alton) in November, Elik spent the final hours before polls open still hammering home her platform.
“I want voters to know that I have spent my career working as a certified public accountant (CPA) and auditor, and I will audit financial records, ask tough questions and push for fiscally responsible solutions that do not further burden taxpayers,” she told the Metro East Sun. “I care deeply about our state's future and understand the extreme fiscal and social policies that the Chicago Democrats are pushing through do not reflect the values of the 111th District.”
A Foster Township trustee, Elik argues Bristow has borne little resemblance to the candidate she ran as two years ago, 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 that sent many state residents heading for the exits.
“I will advocate for the forgotten voices of our border district that sees families fleeing to neighboring states for more favorable policies towards the middle class,” she said. “I will defend the unborn, and will strongly uphold our Second Amendment rights.”
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. She has already vowed not to simply serve as a rubber-stamp for longtime House Speaker Mike Madigan (D-Chicago).
“I’ll continue to do that in Springfield,” she said, touting herself as a “champion of our Second Amendment rights” and “lifelong defender of the unborn.”
The 111th District includes all or part of Alton, Bethalto, East Alton, Edwardsville, Elsah, Godfrey, Granite City, Hartford, Madison, Pontoon Beach, Roxana, South Roxana and Wood River.