Candidate Highlight: Illinois’ 10th Congressional District
"I want to get out there and show people that you can be a Republican and be considerate and kind and diverse... We need to have new role models in the party."
-Valerie Ramirez Mukherjee
Meet Valerie Ramirez Mukherjee, a Republican running for Congress in Illinois’ 10th district. As a businesswoman, Val has extensive experience in finance and technology, and aims to focus on her district’s fiscal management. As a first- generation college and graduate student, Val recognizes the importance of affordable and quality education. Instead of focusing on party affiliation and unrealistic promises, Val wants to bring transparency, responsibility, and opportunity to her district. We reached out and asked Val three questions, here are her responses*:
1. What made you decide to run?
We face two perilous issues: our country is being pulled apart by political extremes and there is no accountability in politics. This is not who we are as a nation. We need to heal the country and return to our rational roots - which is, socially compassionate and fiscally conservative. I also believe our elected representatives need to focus on performance, not politics to move the country forward. As a centrist Republican, running on a platform of Jobs, Education, and Taxes (JET), I want to do my part to help usher in a new era of bipartisanship and help heal the country while also serving as a role model.
2. What are three qualities that make you better than Brad Schneider?
Perspective: As a Slovenian-Hispanic American, first-generation college student, married to an immigrant from India, my diversity is much more in tune with the demographics of the district and country. Given my rise from humble beginnings to a successful, self-made businesswoman and mom, I know first-hand the transformative power of education on upward mobility. Having worked on Wall Street and in Silicon Valley, and lived in many cities and states across the US, I can bring lessons and perspectives that can better help revitalize the district and state.
Performance: Regardless of what role I have held, performance has been the hallmark of my life and career. As an unencumbered candidate, if I were to win, I feel I can be a positive force to help heal the country and find and drive bipartisan solutions rather than engage in partisan politics.
Potential: As a relative newcomer to the district, I see the potential rather than the problems in the district. I truly believe that the infrastructure, education and geographic advantages of our district are underleveraged assets that need to be showcased globally. We can reverse the population and business loss by attracting new economy jobs, reforming our educational system and lowering instead of raising taxes.
3. What is the first thing you would do in office?
Jobs. Then Education, and Taxes. These will be my top priorities if I am fortunate enough to represent the district in Congress. Specifically, I want to sponsor or co-sponsor bills that will use the power of the federal purse to help attract new economy jobs to the district, re-imagine educational investments to improve outcomes, lower local and state taxes and improve safety and make the district a highly attractive destination for businesses and families.
“We must diligently protect women's access to comprehensive health care, including family planning, birth control, and safe, legal abortion.”
- Brad Schneider
Meet Brad Schneider, the incumbent Democrat Congressman. First elected in 2012 and again in 2016, Schneider serves on the House Committee on Ways and Means and House Committee on Small Business. In the past, he has served on the House Foreign Affairs and House Judiciary committees. Brad is focused on protecting Medicare, a woman’s right to choose, and the civil liberties of the LGTBQ+ community. As an influential voice on foreign affairs, the Congressman is an outspoken supporter of US- Israel relations. In his district, Brad knows the importance of small businesses, and plans to help them thrive.
The Illinois 10th district has flipped a few times in past elections, so keep an eye on this race. Here’s how you can support or find more information on Val’s campaign: https://www.valforcongress.com/
*all answers are posted in full, we will never crop or edit a candidate’s words