I am a Democrat that cares about others. When President Trump banned those from other countries because of their religion, my office was there giving free legal advice to help those desperate to enter our country. When I was in the AFCSME union, I was not happy just being a union member. I worked to be a Union Steward. I have fought for women’s rights. I have fought for immigrants. I have fought for those without the ability to fight for themselves.
My parents were union employees. My mother was a teacher. She was proud of the success of her students. My father was a union glazier. Both parents were hard working. They taught me the importance of education. They taught me that education should be a tool to help others.
From the time I was a teenager, I was interested in public service. At 15 years old, I worked for a political campaign. I later volunteered to work on the Blood Donor Committee. I also became a referee for elementary kids. As an adult, I coached t-ball, baseball and basketball. I volunteered on a park district swim team, moving to certified timer, and then Meet Director.
When my kids were in school, I got involved too. I was a vice-president of their Parent Teachers Association (PTA). When they entered into high school, I joined the Parent Teachers Organization, and eventually became the Co-President.
I worked during law school. Monday through Friday, I would work full time, then attending law school returning home late at night.
As an attorney, I frequently volunteer to help those with less means. I volunteer my time for the DuPage County Bar Help Desk. The Help Desk gives free legal advice to those that need help in their Family court matter. I also frequently volunteered for Pro Se Night Court. Pro Se Night Court assist the court in drafting orders for those without an attorney. Every year, I volunteer for the DuPage Bar Association Legal Aid. I donate two months of my free time to help those without means in the court system.