About the Candidate
Name: Dani Brzozowski
DOB: Oct. 28, 1984
Occupation: Full time candidate, was recently the Project Manager at the Starved Rock Country Community Foundation
Political Experience: Current Chair of the LaSalle County Democrats
I'm Dani Brzozowski and I'm running for Congress in Illinois's 16th District.
I'm an Army brat - my family moved to LaSalle County, right in the middle of this big district, in the late nineties, when I was a young teenager.
I went to Purdue, lived in Chicago for almost a decade, and came home five years ago because I saw an opportunity to give back to a community that had given me a great deal.
I've been an activist and an organizer for years, and I currently serve as Chair of the LaSalle County Democratic Party.
All around me, I see my friends and neighbors, my COMMUNITY, struggling - struggling to make ends meet, to take care of themselves and one another - and feelings the effects of political decision-making that has such an impact on their lives but feels so far removed from their influence.
I'm running for Congress to give my community its voice back.
When I talk to voters, what I hear most often is that they're tired of hostility and hatred. They're tired of our elected officials parroting party lines.
I'm committed to civil discourse - I believe that, when people come to the table in good faith, with open hearts and open minds, we will find that we are closer together than we are far apart.
I talk every day about social, economic, environmental, and political justice. And if that sounds like a lot, that's because it is.
We have work to do.
We have work to do to ensure equality for everyone: women, people of color, LGBTQ folx, immigrants.
Work to create jobs, provide families with a living wage, ensure everyone has access to affordable, quality healthcare and education.
Work to empower unions, which serve as our best mechanism for interrupting the power dynamic that pits corporations and the ultra-wealthy against the workers who prop up their profits.
We have work to do as we build toward a sustainable future, as we fight for clean air, clean water, and clean soil.
And we have work to do as we band together to take back our democracy and fight for the values that make communities like our's worth preserving and protecting.
Please visit our website: www.daniforilliois.com to learn more about our campaign.
Why are you running?
All around me, I see good people, people I care about, struggling to make ends meet, affected by D.C. politics that seem so far removed from their influence but that so critically change their lives, and I’m committed to doing whatever it takes to get them the social, economic, and political justice they deserve. I want to represent my home in Congress because I want to empower the people who live here -- people who’ve been robbed of their voices, left behind, disenfranchised.
What is your vision for this office?
My vision is to have adequate representation for the 16th district. Our district is filled with farmers, manufacturers, teachers, nurses, firefighters, and others who are working incredibly hard, but failing to get ahead. I will be a representative that fights on their behalf and empowers workers.
What do you think is the most pressing issue facing your constituents and how do you plan on addressing it?
Whenever I talk with groups of voters, the question about healthcare always comes up. People are worried about having access to quality healthcare, and who can blame them with the way our current, for-profit system is set up. I believe that healthcare is a human right, and that the best way to guarantee this human right is are for all system that will lead to Americans spending less on healthcare, but receiving better care.