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.”

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