We saw it coming: Randy Hultgren voted in lockstep with Washington Republicans to pass a tax bill that hurts working people and families in order to line the pockets of corporations and wealthy donors.
On Sunday, August 13th, I attended a potluck picnic in Cary, IL hosted by Cary-Grove-4H-Club, Action for a Better Tomorrow-McHenry County, Indivisible IL14, McHenry County Progressives, and McHenry County Progressive Democrats.
The picnic was held at a beautiful residence along the banks of the Fox River and attendees enjoyed watching neighbors pass by on jet skis and pontoon boats, soaking up the final rays of sunshine and summer memories before school starts on Monday. It was hard not to notice the yellowed grass that made up the first 30 feet of coast line -- evidence of the recent flooding that has plagued much of McHenry County. It served as a good reminder of the real-life impacts of dramatic weather events and why we need leaders who acknowledge the reality of climate change and are willing to work for solutions.
Luckily, this residence was set back from the waterfront by at least 100 yards up a slight incline and was unharmed by the flooding. This large, yellow house was a communal living residence, where neighbors shared space, a riverfront yard, vegetable garden and even chickens. I love how these folks embodied community in their living style and their welcoming spirit.
The BBQ was a chance for community members to hear from democratic congressional candidates in IL-14 and IL-6 as well as from other state and local campaigns. I enjoyed the opportunity to speak with attendees about my passion for affordable healthcare coverage, my focus on jobs and my commitment to accountability. I'm looking forward to staying in touch and seeing everyone at future meetings or Facebook Live events!
If nothing else, it is clear that the results of the 2016 presidential election served as a wake-up call to many of us. The commitment to fight for our values that was galvanized by the Women's March, tested by the Travel Ban, and put to work with resounding success in the fight to #ProtectOurCare is real.
The question now becomes -- how do we maintain our energy and focus over the course of the next 15 months and show up to fight in congressional districts all across the map? Thanks to our resistance energy and commitment to hold our congressman accountable, victory within our own 14th district is within reach.
"We have a republican incumbent who feels safe in his seat, but does not feel safe to engage with his voters."
Our congressman won't meet with us, so we have the opportunity right now to drive the conversation in the district. Together, we will share our message of accelerating our local economy, protecting and expanding our access to affordable, quality health care, and advocating for our values in Washington.
Jon Ossoff, former congressional candidate in Georgia, spoke on the panel about the takeaways from his own race. There's a reason, he reminded us, that cabinet appointees are drawn from districts like the GA-6...they're considered impenetrable.
"The fact that districts drawn never to be winnable for a Democrat have been so tight, and the fact that the GOP had to spend over $20 million defending here, is a positive sign moving into the mid-terms." -- Jon Ossoff
Our campaign is committed to meeting voters across the district and we're counting on your sustained energy. We are building a campaign that will rely heavily on the commitment and passion of volunteers. We need you. Join us.
You can watch the full panel discussion by clicking here: Full Panel
Naperville, IL – Democrat Lauren Underwood announced today that she will seek election to the U.S. House of Representatives in the Illinois 14th Congressional District. Lauren grew up in Naperville, Illinois and is a graduate of Neuqua Valley High School.
“I’m running for Congress because this moment in history requires courageous people to stand up and fight to restore our voice in Washington.”
Lauren is a registered nurse and health policy expert. Her public service experience includes clinical research at the National Institutes of Health and bolstering our nation's preparedness for natural disasters, bioterrorism agents, and infectious disease threats.
“I’m stepping forward to fight for families who know that strong jobs, smart investments, and access to affordable health care will help get our region back on track.”
Lauren will bring first hand clinical knowledge to Washington. Drawing on experience implementing the Affordable Care Act, she will propose measures that protect and expand access to quality health care for northern Illinois families.
"It's time for Congress to stop the partisan fighting and start working together to get things done for everyday Americans."
Lauren served as a Senior Advisor at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under President Obama. During her time in the administration, Lauren helped communities across the country prevent, prepare for, and respond to public health emergencies.
“America has never succeeded by looking backwards; we succeed when we look forward, when we innovate, when we lead, and when we build.”
Lauren is running to represent the 14th Congressional district, which includes parts of DeKalb, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will counties.
"I'm looking forward to listening to and engaging with all voters. Across the 14th, our values of family, security, honesty, and accountability are on display in our schools, businesses, and communities. It's time we have an elected official who shares these family values."
Lauren currently works for a Medicaid-managed care plan in Chicago. Lauren is also a teacher, preparing future nurse practitioners through Georgetown University’s online master’s program. Lauren is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Johns Hopkins University and currently lives in Naperville.
The campaign’s website is UnderwoodForCongress.com.