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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

Lauren Attends End of Summer BBQ Potluck Picnic in Cary, IL

Lauren introduces herself to BBQ attendees and shares her energy for the race ahead

Lauren introduces herself to BBQ attendees and shares her energy for the race ahead

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!

- Lauren

Lauren Underwood, Nurse and Health Care Policy Expert, Announces Run for Congress in IL-14

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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.