2022 Legislative Candidates

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For Illinois Senate 26th District: Maria Peterson

A 25-year resident of the Barrington area, Maria Peterson grew up in the Western suburbs in a middle class family, and is a graduate of public schools. As an attorney for the U.S. Department of Labor, she litigated safety violations and argued on behalf of coal miners during the Black Lung hearings. After moving her family to the Barrington area, she started a women-owned fitness company to help people who needed further strength training after leaving physical therapy. See more here.

For Illinois Senate 27th District: Ann Gillespie

The 2017 Women's March inspired Ann Gillespie, a retired healthcare attorney, to run for State Senate in 2018, flipping the 27th District. In the State Senate, she chairs the Senate Ethics Committee, where in 2021 she wrote the first major ethics legislation Illinois had seen in years. She is a lifelong resident of the Northwest Suburbs and both she and her adult children are products of public schools here. See more here.

For Illinois House District 51: Chelsea Laliberte Barnes

An effective advocate for people facing substance abuse and mental health issues, Chelsea Laliberte Barnes teamed up with Lake County leadership, public safety leaders and other advocates to launch the Lake County Opioid Initiative, making Lake County one of the first counties in the country to equip its officers with naloxone, the overdose antidote. Her non-profit, Live4Lali, operates in four counties helping families impacted by substance abuse. She has a master's in Social Administration and works at a clinician at a counseling practice, and she lives in Palatine with her husband and young son. See more here.

For Illinois House District 51: Nabeela Syed

Nabeela Syed is running to be a voice for those communities who are under-represented and under-served in government institutions. A Palatine native, she is a skilled organizer, from managing successful school board campaigns to organizing Asian Americans to help flip Georgia's U.S. Senate seats. She has worked for progressive organizations including Emily's List, helping to elect Democrats to Congress. Currently she works for a non-profit in digital strategy, supporting their civic engagement efforts such as voter mobilization. She is a high school debate coach and is active in her religious community.See more here.

For Illinois House District 53: Mark Walker

Mark Walker flipped the 53rd House District in 2018, winning re-election in 2020. He had previously served as State Rep in 2009-11. He uses his long experience as a management expert and entrepreneur in financial services, community development and quality consulting to help small businesses grow and help build Illinois' financial stability. He's a decorated Vietnam vet and veterans' advocate, and a former board member for Journeys-The Road Home, a nonprofit serving the homeless community. See more here.

For Illinois House District 54: Mary Beth Canty

Growing up as a biracial child, Mary Beth Canty felt she had to work harder and do more because she never felt fully accepted. Now, one of her many strengths is her ability to bring people together. As a Trustee on the Arlington Heights Village Board, she helped the village develop an affordable housing ordinance, improve its diversity, equity and inclusion policies, and offer creative solutions to small businesses to navigate the pandemic. She is running for the 54th House District to make sure everyone's voice is heard. See more here.

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