SAVANNA – State Rep. Tony McCombie, R-Savanna, formally announced Monday she will seek a third term in the 71st District.
The former Savanna mayor launched her bid for re-election at events with supporters in Rock Island and Whiteside counties. The announcement came at the Pinnacle Country Club in Rock Island and then at Happy Joe’s in Morrison.
McCombie identified education, job growth, public safety and strong constituent services as her top priorities in the legislature.
McCombie has always spoken openly about her frustrations with the legislative process in Springfield, especially after being accustomed to how much faster things moved at the local level as mayor. Fighting for meaningful reforms would be a priority in a third term, she said.
“The state of Illinois’s political environment is challenging, but serving as your state representative is very rewarding. Working with leaders regionally and across the state has been instrumental in achieving successes for our district. Together we encourage political and structural reforms that will promote our growth and turn Illinois around,” McCombie said.
McCombie, 36, said she is driven by her love of Northwest Illinois and the knowledge that its residents deserve more from Springfield.
“I will continue advocating for you, honestly and fairly, but with a strong conviction that our region deserves better,” McCombie said. “We live in the best place in the state, and I have not given up hope that Illinois will do better and will be better. I will be a part of solutions necessary to grow and strengthen our state on behalf of our hardworking families and our next generation.”
McCombie owns a real estate appraisal company, Blue Appraisals LLC, and works as a real estate agent and broker with Mel Foster Co. She served on the Savanna City Council prior to her election as mayor. She is a graduate of Western Illinois University. McCombie and her husband, Curt Hockman, live in Savanna.
McCombie is the first Republican to announce in the 71st District. It sets up a rematch with Sterling Democrat Joan Padilla, who launched her campaign on July 24. Padilla is the executive director of Home of Hope Cancer Wellness Center in Dixon.
McCombie defeated Padilla in the November 2018 general election, taking 59 percent of the vote. Both were unopposed in their respective primaries. The 71st District includes parts of Carroll, Whiteside, Henry and Rock Island counties.
Meet the candidate
Race: 71st District state representative
Political experience: Serving second term as 71st District state representative; Savanna mayor; Savanna City Council.