Bio


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I’m running for Congress because I want to turn America’s national priorities towards the following:

  • Economic growth and opportunity — a tax code and that promotes employment and expansion, and a regulatory system that makes cost/benefit sense.
  • Security — enforcing our borders and executing a strong, coherent strategy for national security and homeland safety.
  • Restoring a friendly relationship with Israel and unequivocal commitment to its safety.
  • Limited government — measuring the success of social programs by how many are lifted out, not added in.

I’ve lived most of my life in the Ninth District. I was born in Rogers Park and grew up in Skokie, one of the most diverse communities in the District. Both of my parents were Chicago Public School Teachers.

I’m one of the founding members of the Policy Circle, a women-run non-profit organization focused on educating everyday Americans on state and federal policy issues including education, healthcare, taxes, pensions, and unfunded liabilities. I’ve worked on numerous political campaigns, and was an officer at the New Trier Republican Organization.

I’m a member of the board of directors of the Illinois State Crime Commission, focused on human trafficking and the heroin epidemic. In Wilmette, where I live, I’ve been very active in the community, volunteering at my daughters’ schools, including being a Girl Scout Troop leader and a PREP teacher at Saint Francis Xavier school. I was on the Board at Evanston School Children’s Clothing Association and the League of Women Voters, Wilmette. My husband and I are licensed by DCFS, and I’m a strong advocate for all children.

I am a working mother with over 25 years professional experience. I am also a foster mom, and have learned firsthand the horrors of life that foster children have — and how our government has failed them. I will fight to correct those failures — to set government in the right direction for all our children, but, especially those born into hardship, as my foster daughter was.

After I graduated from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, I moved to LA and joined Circus Vargas, the World’s largest traveling Big Top, as Marketing Director. While in China, where I moved when my husband was relocated, I was the Editor of the Quingdao Expat Magazine, doubling the circulation and size, and wrote a successful blog called “3 China Girls,” which chronicled the lives of myself and my daughters. The Chinese government often shut down my blog for exposing the truth of what life was really like there for the poorest and most vulnerable.

 

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