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Finances, education top concerns for state Rep. Sandra Pihos

LOMBARD – Despite formally announcing her candidacy for the District 48 House of Representatives seat, state Rep. Sandra Pihos, R-Glen Ellyn, said her campaign has been ongoing, ever since she was first elected in 2002.

This spring, she’ll run in the Republican primary, vying for a spot on the general election ballot for November 2014. When Pihos was first elected, she represented District 42, but after redistricting in 2010, she shifted into the newly formed 48th District, which included many of her former constituents. This is the first election where she’ll run contested for District 48.

“It’s a constant effort to generate opinions and to work in the manner to which my constituents will want me to carry their voices to Springfield,” Pihos said.

Pihos comes from a strong education background. She worked at several public schools in DuPage County before serving on the Glenbard High School District 87 Board of Education for 10 years and completing her tenure on the board as president.

She said she got involved with state politics because she thought it was a place where she could help, thanks to her experiences as a teacher and guidance counselor.

District 48 is one that Pihos describes as “pretty diverse,” with a mix of college-educated and skilled workers, but the common ground is that it’s a place where families choose to live.

“We really have a lot of families in my district,” she said. “They want to ensure that their children live in a safe environment, that they have an education that allows them to reach their full potential.”

Consistent with the opinion of nearly every Illinois politician, Pihos said the state’s biggest issue is its financial situation. On the topic of pension reform, she said she supports House Bill 2365 that was introduced by Rep. Mike Fortner, R-West Chicago, and is proposed to fully fund the pension systems by 2045.

Pihos has also developed a four-part plan to help repair and restore Illinois’s economy; this focuses on pension system reform, government spending reduction, job creation and work force development.

Aside from the financial problems, she also wants to look at education funding and ensure that the state is helping, rather than hindering, schools.

“(We need to) make sure what we require of the schools can actually be done,” she said. “Not make any more mandates and evaluate the ones we already have. I’m really concerned that all children be given an education to reach their full potential.”

For the upcoming election, Pihos will have her campaign headquarters in Lombard and will run in the March 2014 primary against current Lombard trustee Peter Breen.

“I’m really excited about an election,” she said “I think it’s a good thing.”

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