Thank you from Maria
Thank you to all of my supporters. You were tireless and generous and Bob and I could not have survived without each and every one of you. I also want to thank all of the voters of the 95th, whether you voted for me or not. You exercised your right and responsibility as a citizen and you are to be commended for that. Thanks also to Mike Fortner who was a very gracious opponent. Although I didn't have the most votes, I was a winner in so many ways because of new friendships formed and old friendships rekindled. This experience was a very positive one for Bob and me because of all of you.
Life is beginning to return to normal. We spent the week picking up signs, cleaning, grocery shopping and eating home-cooked meals. Bob is thrilled to have his "man cave" back. I've started my first fiction book in months. My book club will hopefully allow me back after so long. We have our grandson, Mason, for the weekend. We've missed our time with him so much. These are some of the things I'm looking forward to getting back to--jeopardy, naps, reading for pleasure, cooking & baking, HGTV, shopping, travel, Italian classes, lunch with girl friends, movies.
We tried our best to pick up all of the signs. If you have a sign that was not picked up, please contact me through the website or call my home 630-668-8490. Bob will come and get it. We are recycling them.
I am a retired teacher and grandmother who understands the issues that face our families, communities, and state. I am willing to take on the tough job of trying to clean up the mess in Springfield that has come about through partisan posturing and an unwillingness to work together for the common good. It is time for us to stand up and remind the General Assembly that the well-being of the people must come before political gain or petty partisan scorekeeping.
Since I began this journey just a few short months ago, my husband, Bob, and I have met more than 2000 voters in DuPage and Kane counties. We have heard heart-wrenching stories from people who are facing lay-offs, loss of benefits/health insurance and foreclosure of their family’s home. With unemployment at 10%, our schools in crisis and home foreclosures commonplace, the time for political bickering is over.
I know that getting out of this crisis requires real leadership in Springfield. I am ready to roll-up my sleeves and work with you to find common sense solutions to the problems that affect us all. Together we can create a government that is responsive to the people's needs. Vote November 2nd.