Mike McElroy

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Mike McElroy
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Candidate for
Illinois State Senate District 48
Prior offices
Mayor, Decatur
2009 - present
Member, Decatur City Council
2003 - 2009
ProfessionBusiness management
Campaign website
Mike McElroy was a 2012 Republican candidate for District 48 of the Illinois State Senate.


Campaign themes


McElroy's campaign website listed the following issues:[1]

  • Reforming State Government
Excerpt: "We have seen ten years of budget deficits, job losses, financial hardship, waste, abuse, and political corruption. Our state government’s total annual budget is more than fifty billion dollars."
  • Bringing Jobs Back to Illinois
Excerpt: "We must remove roadblocks to growth. Excessive regulation, fees, and taxes choke businesses and kill jobs. To be competitive with our neighboring states and the world we must reform workers’ compensation and pass laws that protect businesses from frivolous lawsuits."
  • Restoring Fiscal Responsibility
Excerpt: "I am adamantly opposed to raising taxes on families and businesses that have already tightened their belts. It is time for the government to tighten its own belt. I will fight to reduce government spending."
  • Protecting the Second Amendment
Excerpt: "The Second Amendment recognizes your individual right to keep and bear arms and it should be protected. I will vote accordingly. I support concealed carry and think Illinois should join the other 49 states and make it the law of the land."
  • Protecting the Rights of the Unborn
Excerpt: "The Right to Life is part of our nation’s Declaration of Independence. I believe that life begins at conception, and I will support legislation that protects the unborn and the life of the mother."

Campaign expenditures

As of early November 2012, the race for Illinois State Senate District 48 was the most expensive state legislative race in Illinois.[2]



See also: Illinois State Senate elections, 2012

McElroy ran in the 2012 election for Illinois State Senate District 48. McElroy was unopposed in the Republican primary on March 20, 2012 and was defeated by Andy Manar (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[3][4][5]

Illinois State Senate, District 48, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngAndy Manar 55.3% 47,334
     Republican Mike McElroy 44.7% 38,256
Total Votes 85,590


McElroy has a wife, Lynn, and one child.[6]

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