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NASW-IL PAC Endorsements

This year we are excited to have 4 social workers/social work graduates running for seats in the Illinois General Assembly. We also have some of our biggest champions and advocates of our agenda facing tough fights. We need you to make sure you are registered to vote, volunteering for candidates, and voting to keep our endorsed candidates in office.


The National Association of Social Workers Illinois Chapter Political Action Committee (NASW-IL PAC) is the nonpartisan political arm of the NASW-Illinois Chapter. It endorses and financially contributes to state and local candidates from any party who support the chapter’s political agenda. The 2020 NASW-IL PAC endorsements for contested races are as follows:


Karina Villa for 25th Senate District:Rep. Villa is an NASW-IL member and school social worker who has been a strong advocate for our issues. Born and raised in West Chicago, Illinois, Karina is a lifelong resident of Illinois’ 25th senate district. On November 6, 2018, she was elected to the Illinois House of Representatives for the 49th district. Throughout the 101st General Assembly, Karina has repeatedly demonstrated her passion as an advocate for students and families, furthering her strong record of service to the community. Karina earned a master’s degree in social work from Aurora University.

  • Website: https://karinavilla.com/

  • Phone: (630) 520-5245

  • Make a Donation to Help Karina!

Lindsey LaPointe for 19th District State Rep.:Representative Lindsey LaPointe is an NASW-IL member and graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago Jane Addams College of Social Work. Previously, Lindsey worked with children with special needs, adults with disabilities, and seniors in need of help. As a policy advocate, Lindsey worked for eight years to find smarter ways to approach crime, saving taxpayers money and making our communities safer. 

  • Website: https://www.lindseylapointe.com/

  • Phone: (773) 318-7409

  • Make a Donation to Help Lindsey!

Republican Candidate Jackie Haas, LCSW, vs. Democratic Candidate Charlene Eads for 79th District State Rep.: In this race we have an LCSW running against a candidate who graduated from a social work program. The PAC elected not to endorse in this race but rather encourage our members to review both candidates and support whomever best aligns with your priorities.

  • Jackie Haas, LCSW Campaign Website: https://votejackie.com/

  • Charlene Eads Campaign Website: https://charlene-eads.com/

Fair Tax Constitutional Amendment: Vote Yes. It is critical for the issues we support and the mental health profession in Illinois that we pass a constitutional amendment allowing the state to move to a progressive income tax. It is time the wealthy in our state pay their fair share while we reduce the burden on those already struggling.


Cook County State's Attorney: Kim Foxx. Special interests continue to push for a return to being tough on crime rather than continuing on Kim Foxx's transformative approach to being smart on crime. Now is not the time to reverse course, and we strongly encourage you to vote for Kim Foxx for Cook County State's Attorney.


Below is a list of endorsed candidates in competitive races:

ROBERT MARTWICK DEMOCRATIC 10TH SENATE

CELINA VILLANUEVA DEMOCRATIC 11TH SENATE

KARINA VILLA DEMOCRATIC 25TH SENATE

MELINDA BUSH DEMOCRATIC 31ST SENATE

PATRICK J. JOYCE DEMOCRATIC 40TH SENATE

JOHN CONNOR DEMOCRATIC 43RD SENATE

DAVE KOEHLER DEMOCRATIC 46TH SENATE

MEG LOUGHRAN CAPPEL DEMOCRATIC 49TH SENATE

CYNTHIA ANN GIVEN DEMOCRATIC 55TH SENATE

JENNIFER GONG-GERSHOWITZ DEMOCRATIC 17TH REPRESENTATIVE

ROBYN GABEL DEMOCRATIC 18TH REPRESENTATIVE

LINDSEY LaPOINTE DEMOCRATIC 19TH REPRESENTATIVE

FRANCES ANN HURLEY DEMOCRATIC 35TH REPRESENTATIVE

MICHELLE FADELEY DEMOCRATIC 37TH REPRESENTATIVE

KEN MEJIA-BEAL DEMOCRATIC 42ND REPRESENTATIVE

JENNIFER ZORDANI DEMOCRATIC 47TH REPRESENTATIVE

TERRA COSTA HOWARD DEMOCRATIC 48TH REPRESENTATIVE

MARY EDLY-ALLEN DEMOCRATIC 51ST REPRESENTATIVE

MARCI SUELZER DEMOCRATIC 52ND REPRESENTATIVE

MAGGIE TREVOR DEMOCRATIC 54TH REPRESENTATIVE

MICHELLE MUSSMAN DEMOCRATIC 56TH REPRESENTATIVE

JOYCE MASON DEMOCRATIC 61ST REPRESENTATIVE

SAM YINGLING DEMOCRATIC 62ND REPRESENTATIVE

LESLIE ARMSTRONG-McLEOD DEMOCRATIC 64TH REPRESENTATIVE

MARTHA PASCHKE DEMOCRATIC 65TH REPRESENTATIVE

MAURICE A. WEST II DEMOCRATIC 67TH REPRESENTATIVE

KATHLEEN WILLIS DEMOCRATIC 77TH REPRESENTATIVE

CAMILLE LILLY DEMOCRATIC 78TH REPRESENTATIVE

ANNE STAVA-MURRAY DEMOCRATIC 81ST REPRESENTATIVE

BARBARA HERNANDEZ DEMOCRATIC 83RD REPRESENTATIVE

TIM BUTLER REPUBLICAN 87TH REPRESENTATIVE

KARLA BAILEY-SMITH DEMOCRATIC 88TH REPRESENTATIVE

TOM DEMMER REPUBLICAN 90TH REPRESENTATIVE

JEHAN GORDON-BOOTH DEMOCRATIC 92ND REPRESENTATIVE

CUMMINGS CHEMBERLY DEMOCRATIC 105TH REPRESENTATIVE

MONICA BRISTOW DEMOCRATIC 111TH REPRESENTATIVE

KATIE STUART DEMOCRATIC 112TH REPRESENTATIVE

JAY HOFFMAN DEMOCRATIC 113TH REPRESENTATIVE

LaTOYA GREENWOOD DEMOCRATIC 114TH REPRESENTATIVE


6 Things to Do Before Election Day!

  1. Check Your Voter Registration Status, Register, and Make a Plan.

  • Use the Illinois State Board of Elections Look-Up Tool

  1. Volunteer for an NASW-IL–Endorsed Candidate.

  2. Sign Up to Be a Poll Worker: The pandemic is creating a shortage—volunteer if you can.

  3. Help Protect the Election: Join professionals in your state to help ensure that all voters have an equal opportunity to vote.

  4. Know Your Rights: The first step to ensure your right to vote is to review your rights.

  5. Vote! Then Phone a Friend: Cast your ballot, and encourage others to vote.

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- About NASW-IL PAC: The NASW-Illinois Chapter Political Action Committee (NASW-IL PAC) helps to elect candidates to public office who support legislation and policies consistent with the goals of the social work profession and the needs of those who are served by the social work profession in the NASW-Illinois Chapter. The NASW-IL PAC promotes NASW legislative policies through political action and or/through support of candidates as well as promotes political education and full participation in the electoral political process among NASW-IL members. Consider making a donation to the NASW-IL PAC so that we can continue to do our work supporting candidates who support social workers.

Please Note: Funds for the NASW-IL PAC are acquired by direct solicitation. Membership dues are not used for direct electoral purposes.

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