Sierra Club and League of Conservation Voters Endorse Lauren Underwood

St. Charles, IL - The Sierra Club and the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) Action Fund today announced their joint endorsement of Lauren Underwood for Illinois’ 14th Congressional District.

"We are pleased to announce today that the Sierra Club officially endorses Lauren Underwood," said Linda Cole, Sierra Club Valley of the Fox Group Political Chair. "Given the current administration’s continued threats to our clean air and water and public lands, it is more important than ever to elect environmental champions like Lauren. Current incumbent Randy Hultgren has taken vote after vote with President Trump and against environmental protections. We are eager to work hard to elect a representative who will stand on the side of science and reason, and that champion is Lauren Underwood."

“Lauren Underwood has dedicated her career to the health and wellbeing of the communities that are most exposed to the disastrous impacts of climate change,” said LCV Action Fund Senior Vice President of Government Affairs Tiernan Sittenfeld. “Her experience in public health and commitment to environmental justice will serve her well in Congress as she works to protect our air and water and fights for climate action and a clean energy future. We are excited to endorse her campaign.”

“We are grateful for this endorsement from the Sierra Club and LCV Action Fund. The Sierra Club and LCV continue to be on the front lines of fighting to protect our nation's natural resources, air, and waterways. In Congress, I will join them in the fight for a clean and healthy environment," said Lauren Underwood.

Lauren Underwood was born and raised in Naperville, Illinois. She graduated from the University of Michigan and Johns Hopkins University. A registered nurse, she was appointed by President Obama to serve as a Senior Advisor at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). She helped communities across the country prevent, prepare for, and respond to disasters, bioterror threats and public health emergencies, and helped implement the Affordable Care Act. More recently, she worked with a Medicaid plan in Chicago and as an instructor for nurse practitioners through Georgetown University’s online master’s program.

Along with the endorsement, the Sierra Club will lend its volunteer strength to Lauren Underwood 's campaign.  "We pledge to do all we can to help ensure Lauren is elected," said Linda Cole. "Scores of Sierra Club volunteers will contact voters on her behalf and we will speak to the public as often as possible about her exemplary environmental promise. We look forward to a victory for Lauren on election night and to her fighting for the environment as a U.S. Representative in IL-14th Congressional District."

 

About the Sierra Club

The Sierra Club is America’s largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization, with more than 3 million members and supporters. In addition to helping people from all backgrounds explore nature and our outdoor heritage, the Sierra Club works to promote clean energy, safeguard the health of our communities, protect wildlife, and preserve our remaining wild places through grassroots activism, public education, lobbying, and legal action. For more information, visit www.sierraclub.org.

 

About LCV Action Fund

The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) Action Fund, the connected federal political action committee (PAC) of the League of Conservation Voters, works to elect candidates who will implement sound environmental laws and policies, and defeat those who stand in the way of progress. Since the 1994 election cycle, LCVAF has helped elect and re-elect 74 U.S. Senators and 331 members of the U.S. House of Representatives. Over the last several years, our efforts have also helped elevate climate change and clean energy as critical issues in key elections.

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Paid for by the Sierra Club Political Committee and the League of Conservation Voters Action Fund and authorized by Lauren Underwood for Congress.

March for Science

On April 14, I was honored to speak at the March for Science Geneva. Its critically important that we keep science and research top of mind in our policy making, and this nonpartisan value is one that we share so deeply throughout the 14th District.  With Fermi National Laboratory as an anchor institution, we know how critical federal investments in research and discovery are to our local economy. Science cannot be ignored, and we MUST continue to speak out against the anti-science policies coming out of Washington. 

Grateful to join Congressman Bill Foster and IL-06 congressional candidate Sean Casten for the event. Thank you to the Kane County Coalition for the invitation! 

Elgin Courier News coverage of the event: http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/elgin-courier-news/news/ct-ecn-march-for-science-geneva-st-0415-story.html  

Video courtesy of the Kane County Coalition

#WalkOutandWalkUp

I am honored that Moms Demand Action has given me their Moms Demand Action Gun Sense Candidate distinction. Their grassroots movement has been at the forefront of fighting for new and stronger solutions to lax gun laws and loopholes. I will fight for their cause and the safety of our community in Congress.

Lauren Featured on TIME Magazine Cover as one of "The Avengers"

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So proud to be one of the "Avengers" on the TIME Magazine cover page today.

"When one woman runs, others often follow."

Women all around the country have stepped up this past year and I am fired up about what 2018 holds for all of us.

I was particularly honored to be featured in the story discussing how I met with Anne Stava-Murray, an activist in Naperville and encouraged her to run for IL State Rep.  Anne then encouraged Val Montgomery to run for IL State Rep.   And they're not the only women who volunteered on our team and are now running -- check out Mimi Cowan for Will County Board.  As I said in the article, "its a domino effect"!

Full article available at: http://time.com/5107499/record-number-of-women-are-running-for-office/

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's Off the Sidelines PAC stands with Lauren Underwood

“As a registered nurse, Lauren Underwood has provided needed health services to individual patients, disaster torn communities, and the American people,” said Senator Gillibrand. “We need more women like Lauren in Congress to champion the issues that matter most to working women and their families. Off the Sidelines is proud to endorse her campaign for Congress.”

Democratic Women of Kendall County Candidate Forum

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On Monday night I joined my fellow Democratic candidates for Illinois’ 14th at our second candidate forum, hosted by the Democratic Women of Kendall County ("DWKC"). Members of the DWKC as well as members of the community at large filled the room to hear the candidates talk about their thoughts on the Opioid epidemic, the Citizens United decision, and healthcare reform.

In a smart twist, the moderator asked each of us to answer a unique final question that was specifically tailored towards potential points of weakness in our campaigns. For me, this was, 'does experience in Washington carry negative connotations?' I was excited share my reflections on the virtues of public service.  I am proud of serving our country by implementing the ACA and expand access to health coverage for millions of Americans. And I was honored to be appointed by President Obama to serve as a Senior Policy Advisor at HHS, working to bolster our disaster response and preparedness and to ensure that our communities were safe, healthy and resilient. I plan to bring the full extent of my professional legislative experience with me back to Washington in service of my community, the IL-14.

Overall the candidate forum was a huge success and a big “thank you” is owed to the Democratic Women of Kendall County for hosting a lively forum and producing such a large turnout. I look forward to continuing to work with the Democratic Women of Kendall County to #Flipthe14th next November.

You can read more about the event from Kendall County Now by clicking here.

Lauren Underwood Selected for Arena PAC Fellowship

 The Arena PAC works to elect candidates that represent the next generation of leadership

The Arena PAC works to elect candidates that represent the next generation of leadership

Naperville, IL –  Democrat Lauren Underwood announced today that she has been selected for the first class of Arena PAC Fellows.  

The Arena is a national organization focused on building communities that activate the next generation of civic leaders.

"The Arena supports first time candidates like myself who share deeply held values of democracy and grassroots leadership. I look forward to our partnership, which will allow us to build an inclusive campaign reflecting the voices and experiences of voters across the 14th district."

The Arena PAC Fellowship will provide direct support to campaigns, with a special emphasis on four areas: story and values; campaign leadership; training and coaching; and fundraising.

Underwood joins Fellows from seven other congressional districts across the country.  

In November 2016, The Arena set out to build a community that activates the next generation of civic leaders who believe in an equitable and inclusive democracy.  To learn more about The Arena please visit www.thearena.run.

Lauren Underwood is a registered nurse and health policy expert. Her public service experience includes clinical research at the National Institutes of Health, implementing the Affordable Care Act, and bolstering our nation's preparedness for natural disasters, bioterrorism agents, and infectious disease threats at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Lauren is running to represent the 14th Congressional district, which includes parts of DeKalb, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will counties.

Candidate Forum organized by Fox Valley Action for Justice

Last night I attended the IL-14th's first candidate forum, hosted by Fox Valley Action for Justice. It was encouraging to see a crowd of over 100 people show up on a Sunday evening to hear from the five Democratic candidates in this race. We took questions from the organizers and the audience and I shared my thoughts on priorities for the 14th: protecting and expanding our access to health care, investing in our local economy through infrastructure and access to capital for small businesses, and preserving our democracy by demanding accountability from our elected officials. 

It was exciting to be able to participate in my first open forum, but my favorite part of the night was getting to speak 1-on-1 with folks in the reception afterwards. So much of what we hear in politics are sound-good talking points. I have seen first hand the complexities of enacting real legislation and I believe that most issues are not black and white. I love having the opportunity to talk with folks in more detail about their concerns and real, practical solutions. 

I am excited for the race ahead and know that we have what it takes to #Flipthe14th next November. I hope you'll join me!

 

Check out coverage of the event from the Kane County Chronicle: Click Here