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ENDORSEMENT: Dagmara ‘Dee’ Avelar for Illinois House in 85th District

Avelar seeks improved health care access and the rebuilding of municipal water departments. She also wants term limits on legislative leadership positions.

Dagmara “Dee” Avelar, Illinois House 85th District Democratic nominee profile, candidate questionnaire, 2020 election
The Sun-Times endorses Dagmara “Dee” Avelar in the Illinois House District 85 general election.
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Dagmara “Dee” Avelar promises to bring an energetic new voice to Springfield. She is endorsed. She seeks policing reforms, including a statewide ban on no-knock warrants.

Avelar hopes to be an advocate for improved health care access and for the rebuilding of municipal water departments. She has called for term limits on legislative leadership positions and believes the state should get on a path toward 100% renewable energy by 2050. She favors taxing the retirement income of the “wealthiest” residents — seldom a popular political stand — but has not defined “wealthiest.”

The Ecuadorian-born candidate, who became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 2016, would bring to Springfield her experiences as an immigrant and in working for refugee rights.

A Democrat from Bolingbrook, Avelar seeks a seat that opened up when incumbent state Rep. John Connor decide to run for the state Senate this year. She is endorsed over Republican Ron Doweidt and Green Party nominee Anna Schiefelbein.

Illinois House 85th District map
Illustration by Caroline Hurley

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