Since November’s election, regular citizens have become more civically engaged, which is great. That’s what democracy looks like. People who have never run for office are doing so in considerable numbers. Women and minorities are stepping up to change the face of politics.
Recently, I met Lauren Underwood, a nurse from Naperville, who is a candidate for representative to the 14th Congressional district. She introduced herself to an organization I belong to and made her positions known on a variety of very important issues facing our country. I found her to be intelligent, articulate, empathetic and very engaging. After having worked in Washington, D.C., in the department of Health and Human Services, Ms. Underwood decided to come home to Illinois to resume her nursing career. As a nurse, and with her D.C. experience, she has an insider’s knowledge of our broken health-care system, which she intends to make one of her top priorities. Health care is a sixth of our nation’s economy and it has been badly hobbled by this administration, that includes current Rep. Randy Hultgren, who would be Ms. Underwood’s opponent if she wins the Democratic primary. Currently, there are four others intending to run for that nomination.
It’s incredibly important to have someone in Congress who represents their constituents concerns and not someone like Rep. Hultgren, who seems to care more about his donors than he does about his voters. Just recently, he voted for the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which is not going to be much of a benefit to those he serves. But at least his donors will be happy.
I look forward to hearing more of what Ms. Underwood has to say as she campaigns against her Democratic opponents. It’s heartening to know that good people across this country are taking it upon themselves to make a positive impact on our society.