Address: 517 Champan Street, Edwardsville
Birthplace: East St. Louis
Family status: Married
Number of children: Two
Education: Bachelors and JD from St. Louis University
Occupation: Former Chief Judge
Political party: Democratic
Office sought: U.S. Congress, Illinois 13th District
Campaign website: www.callisforillinois.com
Campaign email/phone: firstname.lastname@example.org; 618-402-5640
Previously held offices: Associate judge (1995-1999), circuit judge (1999-2006), chief judge (2006-2013)
What qualifies you for this position?
As a mother and judge for 18 years I truly understand our communities. I see how people are struggling and feel disenfranchised with their representative. I bring a proven record of bringing people together and getting things done. I created our state's first veterans court, which helps troubled veterans get back on their feet. I also forced the banks to the table to create a mandatory foreclosure mediation program that has saved more than 130 families from losing their homes. In Congress, I put the needs of Illinois families ahead of the tired political fights going on in Washington.
What is the top issue in your race, and how would you address it?
My biggest priority is to grow jobs here in our district. We can start by building stronger relationships with our universities and expand on the research that is being done there. We should be linking the universities, local businesses and our local labor force to expand on apprenticeship programs. I also will support current efforts to rebuild blighted neighborhoods, by creating construction jobs and giving people the opportunity to become first-time homeowners. Overall, we need investments in our infrastructure because investing in our community not only bodes well for jobs right now, but allows us to succeed in the future.