Madigan money buys Democrats’ loyalty, Benford says

Madigan money buys Democrats’ loyalty, Benford says

Benford target of smear campaign tactics

Benford target of smear campaign tactics

Benford defends record against opponent’s alleged smear campaign

Benford defends record against opponent’s alleged smear campaign

Alyssia Benford misrepresented despite being a highly qualified candidate

Alyssia Benford misrepresented despite being a highly qualified candidate

by Carrie Bradon, Will County Gazette

Alyssia Benford, a Republican candidate for the 98th House District, is speaking out after she was misrepresented in a robocall from Secretary of State Jesse White that endorsed her opponent, incumbent Natalie Manley (D-Joilet).

“Jesse White’s actions of calling me ‘a liar and Trump-loving Republican’ is a divisive statement,” Benford told the Will County Gazette. “While I was shocked by the call, I was not surprised. I knew the Democrat playbook is to tie all Republicans to President Trump. But the truth is, President Trump didn’t create the financial mess in Illinois.”

Benford explained that she reached out to White’s team to request a discussion about the statements presented about her and clear up any confusion about her platform.

“Open and honest dialogue is the only way we can cure racial hatred and end the divisive Illinois politics,” Benford said. “She [Manley] received her CPA license in 2010, yet she continues to tell voters she has been licensed for over 20 years. My opponent had not finished college 20 years ago, but she has no issue with lying to voters, or senior citizens in the community. That should concern residents of the 98th District.”

Benford believes that she should be seen for what she truly is: a qualified candidate.

“For far too long, we as African Americans have allowed others to choose who our leaders are,” Benford said. “I am the more qualified candidate, with 20-plus years as a licensed CPA. I also have an array of experience studying pensions, property taxes and education funding.”

Benford’s election to the 98th House District would invite a certain level of diversity, which will only help to encourage more acceptance, regardless of race.

“Having a diverse Republican Party is a positive thing for our state and for our country. Nothing positive has ever come from segregation,” Benford said. “I am asking the voters of the 98th district to vote for changing Illinois politics by voting [for] the more qualified candidate, which is me.”

Though Benford’s opponent has collected hundreds of thousands of dollars from Speaker of the House Michael Madigan (D-Chicago), Benford possesses something that Manley does not.

“I have the courage to speak out against anyone that purposely lies to voters to get their vote, including Jesse White and my opponent,” Benford said. “This November, everyone has a choice in the 98th District. All voters should choose based on the candidate that will best represent the district.”

The 98th District covers portions of Bolingbrook, Joliet and Crest Hill.

Benford speaks at Illinois PAC conference

Benford speaks at Illinois PAC conference

Benford urges fellow candidates to earn, not buy votes

Benford urges fellow candidates to earn, not buy votes

Benford calls for property tax cap to quell fear, uncertainty

Benford calls for property tax cap to quell fear, uncertainty

Benford gets support from Attorney General candidate Harold, Assyrian-American group

Benford gets support from Attorney General candidate Harold, Assyrian-American group

by Chandra Lye, Will County Gazette

Benford pushes WSJ commentary on pensions

Benford pushes WSJ commentary on pensions

Benford joins AG candidate Harold on the campaign trail

Benford joins AG candidate Harold on the campaign trail

by Glenn Minnis, Will County Gazette

Alyssia Benford is quickly becoming a household name around the 98th District.

Benford, running against Rep. Natalie Manley (D-Joliet), was recently on hand for the Village of Bolingbrook picnic, where she mingled with area residents and joined GOP candidate for Attorney General Erika Harold in spreading their vision for a more effective and efficient Springfield.

“I met so many wonderful residents today and shared my story of why I want to be your next state representative,” Benford posted on Facebook.

In another post, Benford posted pics of her interacting with the voters of her district.

“I had a fun filled day full meeting residents of the 98th district,” she added.

Finally, Benford was also recently in attendance for a discussion on improving the Joliet community led by Mike Clark, president of the NAACP Joliet Branch.

Benford recently took lawmakers to task over the state’s new $38.5 billion budget, which she has blasted as a disservice to taxpayers.

“This year’s budget is just another example of that failure,” she said in a press release. “We should not celebrate the passage of another unbalanced budget that fails to advance any of the reforms our families desperately need. It is a budget that delivers for the politicians, the special interests and the trial lawyers, not the people.”