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Why I am Running
I'm proud to have been born and raised right here in Chicago, and in the next few months to be blessed with starting to raise my own family here with my amazing husband, Roger.
As a graduate of Chicago Public Schools, I'm now a successful small business owner in Albany Park. I work hard to advocate for my clients every day, and I get to help a lot of Chicago businesses stay in business. I'm blessed to do something I love for a living. But I worked hard to get here. As a small business owner I know what it means to make a payroll, to deal directly with Washington, DC politicians who are out of touch, and who continue to put too large a burden on middle class Chicago families and on local small business owners.
I feel very lucky that some of my first memories of my family, right here in Chicago, were watching my parents Dave, a 3rd generation business owner, and Pam, a Chicago Public School Teacher, be politically active. They fought for fairer treatment for working families, and they fought to help keep our neighborhoods safe, and I know my passion for public service and investing in my community comes from their good example. I'm grateful for that.
Unlike the millionaire members of Congress, my family and I are middle class, and I try to live those values of giving back to the community and supporting the small businesses that create the majority of the good jobs in our economy by serving on the Board of the Small Business Advocacy Council (SBAC) where I am Chair of the Education Committee and Co-Chair of the Women's Committee, where we actively work on creating access to affordable, dependable health care and keeping businesses here in Chicago.
As our next member of Congress, I plan on taking those same values and working hard every single day to bring more good jobs to our great city, to protect middle class families and small business owners, to fight to make it easier for small businesses to start up in Chicago, and stay in business. Over the next few months I hope to talk to you directly about your thoughts and hopes for making our community an even better place to live, work and raise a family.