Three candidates running unopposed for the General Assembly in the March 2018 Democratic primary will join the Democratic Women of Kendall County at the next meeting at 10 a.m. Jan. 6 at Panera Bread, 1206 N. Bridge St., Yorkville.
This DWKC meeting will feature Heidi Henry, running for state senator in the 38th District; James Leslie, running for state representative in the 50th District; and Andrew Torres, running for state representative in the 75th District. All three are seeking to represent districts that include Kendall County voters.
Henry, a Marseilles resident, is an agri-business owner who says she stands for balancing the state budget, equal rights, a living wage, and equality in the school funding formula.
Leslie, an Aurora resident, is a full-time firefighter/paramedic. He says his most important issue that he will address if elected is the state budget, but he also wants to advocate for more security and safety for nurses.
Torres is an Oswego resident who works as a catastrophe claims adjuster for an insurance company while also pursuing his Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Illinois Gies College of Business. He says, if elected, his priority will be to focus on alleviating the burden on families from increased local and property taxes and ensuring the state is properly funded.
Formed in April of 2017, the DWKC is open to all Kendall County women. The group’s goal is to empower women to promote Democratic values in their communities and beyond by organizing campaign events; supporting local, state and national candidates; supporting businesses and charities that benefit their communities; and by promoting equal rights, quality education, and environmental protection.
DWKC usually meets the first Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Yorkville Panera, 1206 N. Bridge St. For more information and a list of upcoming events, visit the DWKC Facebook page at www.facebook.com/DWKCIL.