2018 Candidates - Illinois State Representative

Democratic Candidates for the 2018 General Election

Mica Freeman

Candidate - IL State Rep - District 97
Mica Freeman grew up in a middle-class family. As a child, Mica lived with her parents, three sisters, and numerous foster-siblings. Her parents instilled in all their children the values of hard work and giving back to their community. Therefore, from a young age, Mica knew she wanted to help others in whatever profession she chose.

With the support of her family, Mica attended Eastern Illinois University (EIU) and acquired her Bachelor’s degree and teacher’s certification, going on to work as a fifth grade teacher. Around this time, Mica met her husband, David, and they have been married for over twenty years. Her family has since grown to include a daughter, son, step-daughter, and two young grandsons. Mica went on to earn her Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction (with an English as a Second Language endorsement) from Concordia University.

Throughout her career and personal life, Mica continued to give back to her community. She volunteered in classrooms for over a decade, helping teachers and struggling students to succeed. Mica currently serves as secretary of the Band Boosters at her son’s high school. She is also a ParentWISE volunteer through Anne & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, where she helps families prepare for surgeries similar to her own daughter’s procedure several years ago.

Mica has seen first-hand the issues faced by Illinoisans. As an educator and parent, Mica understands that we need to work together to do more to protect our public schools. She also understands that we need to ensure our teachers and students have the necessary resources to provide a high-quality education for all. Mica’s education and experiences in life have compelled her to run for State Representative.

James Leslie

Candidate - IL State Rep - District 50
James Leslie is a resident of Aurora, Illinois and has lived in this area most of his life. He has become deeply rooted in the area and his community and chose a career to help give back and serve the people who live in it. James is a 15-year veteran of the fire service. His time serving the public has given him some the of the most rewarding and memorable experiences of his life. He has been counted on to come through on others' worst days and has always risen to the occasion. He has become a true crisis manager in a State that needs that now more than ever.

Growing frustrated with the current political partisanship and posturing, James decided he could do more for Illinois and leave the State better for the next guy. This is why he is now making himself a candidate for State Representative of the 50th legislative district of Illinois.

James is committed to creating an environment that bends to common sense, not special interests, and has a balanced state budget that is responsible and fair. The economic playing field needs to be leveled and an unfair burden lifted from the taxpayers. The Illinois taxpayer is subsidizing surrounding states allowing them to use Illinois money to balance their budgets and fund their projects to take Illinois jobs.

James is dedicated to a socially and fiscally responsible form of government in which everyone has an opportunity to achieve his or her dreams. Raised by parents who gave everything to help make their children's lives a little better than theirs, he has taken that idea to heart and wants to do the same. James believes that given the chance, we all wish to make our lives and the lives of our children a little better and is committed to seeing that happen.

His desire to 'leave the state and his community a little better for those to come' is what drives him both personally and professionally. He is a proven and dedicated servant to the public and is now asking for your help to further his ability to work for others.