Sunday, March 8, 2009

Top Five Reasons To Elect Me

Whether or not you've had an opportunity to see my printed piece - I wanted to expand on a message that I have out in the community today.

5. I am a proven leader

I have excelled in the workforce over the last 16 years as a marketing executive. With each move - I have gained more responsibility and had to manage in all levels within the various corporations I have served.

Eleven years ago - I founded and led the FireWorks for Kids Foundation for the first three years of its existence. This foundation is the 501- c3 not-for-profit arm of the Chicago Fire Major League Soccer team. It was an incredibly innovative concept at that time in Major League Soccer(MLS) and we were the first team to launch a non-profit. There are over 8 of them today and because of with my leadership - the league started a Community Relations Summit in 1999 to address the needs of the community relations departments throughout MLS.

I am also a volunteer leader at Willow Creek Community Church in the Promiseland Children's ministry.

4. I love Lake in the Hills!

After we married and started a family, my husband, Isael and I settled in Geneva and really enjoyed our time there. However, when it was time to make a choice on where to live and raise Emma (our only at that time) - we were very deliberate in our choice of Lake in the Hills. Not only was it affordable with excellent schools, but we could see the budding diversity that was starting at the time of our move in 2002. There was a time when I used to say "this is not my dream home" - and I literally meant my house on Alexandria Drive -but I have grown to love my corner lot and cannot imagine moving anywhere anytime soon.

We are strong participants in the Lake in the Hills Parks and Recreation offerings. From the dance program that my daughter participated in for three years to the Funstastic Day Camp - I have been an active advocate for the programming here. In addition to donating my talents to the staff in order to better the program by formulating focus group facilitation materials - I have been a personal reference to many parents considering sending their kids to the Funstastic Camp program.

I have voted in all elections here, big and small and made my voice heard. This is an important trait in a public servant - one who is diligent and consistent to vote in private will not hesitate to vote publicly representing your concerns.

3. I will represent working families

The majority of us living in Lake in the Hills are not independently wealthy - so that makes us working families and I am one of you.

I grew up in the south suburbs of Chicago - in Harvey and Chicago Heights both working class cities with no "rich" side of town. I understand hard work as I watched my dad - Albert provide for us by working as a union journeyman mechanic. I remember vividly - his oil crusted nails and his restlessness for sitting around because he worked so hard physically everyday of his life. Gratefully - he is retired to his native Alabama.

It was during the fall campaign season as I knocked doors on behalf of a potential McHenry County Board Member (she was victorious and our face-to-faces with the citizens made the difference) - that I learned of the concerns of working families in Lake in the Hills.

It was the neighbor two streets in back of me that told me of the spotty work that has been available for the last two years as siding blew off the side of his house. It was the anger in his voice and the tenderness of his wife's caresses on his shoulder that touched me most. He had something to say and no one to say it to.

It was the empty homes that line my subdivision and the many others in Lake in the Hills that tell the story of the families who just didn't make it for one reason or another.

The clear concerns that our home values keep dropping as our property taxes continue to rise.

I get it and am ready to roll up my sleeves to help us keep our taxes in Lake in the Hills in line.

2. I am proven change agent.

In 16 years and seven career opportunities - only two jobs existed before I arrived. That makes me a pioneer by nature. I thrive in an environment that wants to change and most often, personally led those efforts to bring change about. 100% of the people that have hired me has asked that I come in and motivate those around me to a new direction.

1. I want to serve YOU.

I love politics - always have and always will. I also can say that I have been involved in politics on a local level in just about every place I have lived - in Chicago, Milwaukee, Atlanta and now Lake in the Hills. I believe that the heartbeat of politics is local. Everyone needs a voice in this community. I have been overwhelmed by the support of my neighbors, co-workers and others in my network who have encouraged me to run. I am humbled by the opportunity. I have served others in many capacities over the years and am ecstatic to have the chance to put my talents to work for you.

Please feel free to post a comment or send me an email at with any questions or if you want to talk to me in person. I look forward to meeting and speaking with as many citizens of Lake in the Hills as I can over the next four weeks.

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