As a resident of the 18th district and Northwestern student, I felt it was important to be informed on the candidates running for state representative. I realized there were five candidates running, but wanted to learn more about who they were and what they stood for.
 
As a member of Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc. (LTA), an organization with goals of political and community activism, I felt compelled to do something that would help other residents learn who exactly was looking for their support. Through a partnership with the Independent Voters of Illinois-Independent Precinct Organization (IVI-IPO), LTA hosted the IVI-IPO Candidate Forum on December 5th, 2009. After hearing from all five candidates, their personalities, commitment, and stance on issues truly came through. I was most impressed with Jeff Smith’s long record of involvement in the progressive community, his education at Northwestern and Harvard Law, and passion for issues dealing with the environment, peace and justice, and political reform.
 
His long list of endorsements includes grassroots groups like the DFA, the Sierra Club, and good-government advocates. Smith’s campaign makes it easy to get involved, as I saw first hand when I volunteered at his campaign office. This is why I encourage everyone to stop by, call the office, and learn more about him. On February 2nd help bring real reform to Springfield by voting for Jeff Smith!
 
Maria Salazar