It's 2018 friends, and that means election activities are going to start ramping up. I expect that we'll see a lot of these meet and greet type events as the March primaries and November mid-term elections loom. This seems like unique opportunity to meet a wide variety of candidates, and hey, there's tasty Mexican food too! The candidates will be at Los Zarapes in Mahomet this Friday, January 12 from 7-8:30 p.m. Here are the details:

Candidates in attendance: Gubernatorial Daniel Biss, County Clerk Aaron Ammons, House 101st Jen McMillin, County Executive Darlene Kloeppel, Circuit Judge Ramona Sullivan

Aaron Ammons
Aaron Ammons is running for Champaign County Clerk. Aaron is running because our community needs someone to stand up for our voting rights. Aaron has been working for voter access and voter education for years, as president with SEIU Local 73 Chapter 119 and as a member of Urbana’s city council. Serving as our County Clerk is the natural next step for Aaron to continue this vital work.

Daniel Biss for Governor
First as a mathematics professor, and now as a legislator, Daniel Biss has always tackled the hardest problems. While teaching, Daniel’s desire to confront our state’s most critical problems compelled him to get more involved in his local community — first as an organizer, and later as a candidate.

Daniel has taken on the machine throughout his career and knows how to win. His focus is on long-term, creative solutions for Illinois middle-class families, and fighting for those whose voices are typically ignored.

Daniel currently represents the 9th District in the Illinois State Senate and previously served one term in the Illinois House representing the 17th District. He’s spent his time as a legislator expanding access, equity and care for all Illinoisians, fighting for financial security for families, and protecting our environment.

Daniel has taken the initiative to raise and make progress on issues significant to the future of Illinois that would have otherwise gone unaddressed, like helping giving retirement security to millions of Illinois workers and addressing the fast-evolving problem of technology and privacy. He combines the discipline and pragmatism of a math professor with the tenacity of an organizer in everything he does.

Jen McMillin
Fighting for the future of Illinois and the people of the 101st district. Last year, I looked around within my home state and realized that very few of our elected leaders were focused on the future of Illinois. The only place that my family has ever called home. Although I’m new to politics, I’ve worked alongside some of the best people you could ever meet to improve the education sector in Illinois. From serving as a mentor to high school students to raising funds to cover the budget shortfall at the private college I work at – I’ve been dedicated to helping students and families succeed.