I’m not a politician. A mom, a higher-education professional, a health care advocate, and a neighbor – I am all of these, but I am not a politician.
Like so many of us, I have responsibilities to my career and my family. At work, I develop partnerships with employers to create career opportunities for students and alumni. At home, I have an 8-year old named Norah who needs help with her homework and her lunches made. I have to look before I leap.
And I am taking that leap.
As a mom and as a member of this community, I’m tired of families not having access to quality, affordable health care. I’m tired of watching the middle class fall further behind. And I’m tired of elected officials who put their needs ahead of working families.
As the mother of a daughter, I deeply believe that we need to create a culture in Springfield that empowers and supports all women, not one that turns a blind eye to abuse of power and sexual harassment.
Changing the culture in government won’t happen as long as women are standing outside of government. This isn’t about having a seat at the table. When more women run for office, the more opportunity we will have to run the table.
So I am taking that leap. I am proud to announce my candidacy for State Senate in Illinois’ 8th district.
I’m not a politician, but I am someone you want on your side in a fight. I’ve worked to make sure that children with epilepsy have access to life-changing medical cannabis oil. I’ve fought to protect affordable health care for Illinois families. And I’ll never stop fighting for a woman’s right to make her own reproductive medical choices.
Men always say that they can’t find strong women to run for office. Well, they’re either not looking hard enough or they’re afraid to ask for directions to where we can be found.
I’m stepping up to run for State Senate and I am ready to lead. I’m taking that leap because I believe that, together, we can make real change in Illinois.
And I’m counting on you to leap with me.