I have known Robyn Gabel since 1986, when she was the legislative aide to Alderman Luis Gutierrez and I was the aide to Alderman David Orr, during the Harold Washington administration.
I continued to collaborate with Robyn when she took the helm of the Illinois Maternal and Child Health Coalition, and I became the research director, and later the executive director, of the Coalition for Consumer Rights. Robyn has had a long and accomplished career improving health care coverage and immunizations for children in need. You can read about it, and her victories with the KidCare program at www.ilmaternal.org.
Robyn’s accomplishments earned her the Chicago Community Trust’s coveted fellowship for Community Leaders, which she used to study perinatal programs in Mexico and Europe, and to study business at Kellogg.
There is a crowded field in the February 2, 2010 primary race for State Representative, and many of the candidates are good-hearted. But Robyn is that and more. She is seasoned, smart, and has dedicated herself to righting the wrongs of society. She has a winning record, and understands how Springfield works. She is the ideal candidate for Evanston, because she will hit the ground running and make an immediate impact—rather than using her first term to learn the ropes. She has the loftiest goals, yet also has practical experience in how policy is actually made. I’m sure that is part of the reason why Robyn has earned the support of Rep. Jan Schakowsky.
Robyn is also a home-town candidate, growing up in the Skokie-Evanston area and living in Evanston, where her daughter attended ETHS.
I urge you to vote for Robyn in the Democratic primary February 2, 2010.