Candance Chow announces her run for Illinois State Representative

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September 19, 2017                                                                                                      312-286-9036


Long-time progressive leader and Evanston/Skokie District 65 School Board Member Candance Chow announced today that she is running for the Democratic nomination for the 17th District State Representative seat in the March Primary.  The seat is currently held by State Rep. Laura Fine, who is running for State Senate in the 9th Legislative District to replace Daniel Biss, who is running for Governor.  Chow is currently serving her second term on the District 65 school board, where, as Finance Chair and Board President, she recently guided the District through a period of significant financial uncertainty, helping pass a referendum to support the schools with an overwhelming 80% approval.

“I am inspired to run for State Representative because of my lifelong desire to ensure that every child has the best chance possible to fulfill her dreams,” Chow stated. “I am not a career politician. I am a working mom and a progressive Democrat who believes strongly that we all have an important role to play in supporting those who need it the most.”

Raised by a single mother who struggled to pay the bills, Candance has spent her career focused on helping families like hers succeed through access to high quality education and well-resourced social services. She strongly believes that Illinois can and should do better by its residents.   

“Here we are in some of the most resource rich communities in the country, while the Trump/Rauner agenda ignores working families who are struggling, and politicians entrenched in Springfield wage personal battles against each other at our expense,” Chow said.  “We cannot allow right-wing ideologies and political agendas to erode the institutions that made it possible for families like mine to succeed. We must work together to find common sense and compassionate solutions.”

Candance is currently serving her second term on the District 65 school board representing the needs of 7,800 children in Evanston and Skokie.  In addition to her board service, Candance sits on the board of Community Partners for Affordable Housing and is currently working with Connections for the Homeless to create a stability fund for families at risk of losing stable housing after the state dramatically cut funding over the last year.

Because of her effective leadership in our community, Candance was recently named as a McCormick Foundation Executive Fellow in Early Childhood Policy Leadership. Candance holds an MBA with distinction from Northwestern University's Kellogg Graduate School of Management in strategy and nonprofit management.  She graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in Public Communications and International Studies from American University in Washington, D.C.  As president of InSight Consulting Group, she serves nonprofits and emerging businesses in helping them grow and improve services to clients.

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