GOP challenger to Bristow announces bid

Name: Amy Elik

Office seeking: State Representative in the 111th House District

Town: Alton

Age: 46

Occupation: CFO for King Management in O’Fallon

Party: Republican

Factoid: Elik serves as a Foster Township Trustee and previously served as a school board member with St. Mary’s Catholic School in Alton. Elik and her husband, Don, have two children.

Stance on the progressive income tax: “I’m against the progressive income tax. I think it’s just a way for the legislature to impose higher taxes on us now and going forward it gives them a blank check ...I certainly don’t trust them to change the constitution. They feel it’s important enough the constitution be changed to give them even more power over the tax rate.”

She said it: “As a CPA and auditor with over two decades of experience, I served as a trusted financial advisor on behalf of my clients,” Elik said. “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. As State Representative, I will advance the needs and priorities of this district, not those of Chicago and Speaker Madigan. I’ve spent my life working alongside members of this community to support our values, and I’ll continue to do that in Springfield.”

District competitiveness: The 111th District is currently represented by state Rep. Monica Bristow, D-Godfrey. Bristow won the 2018 election in the district by a 356 votes.

For a list of candidates in the 2020 election, visit https://www.bnd.com/news/politics-government/election/.