About the Candidate
Name: Marsha Williams
DOB: Jan. 1, 1981
Occupation: Admissions Advisor
Political Experience: Grassroots organizing
I am the proud Progressive Democrat running for Congress in Illinois' 17th Congressional District
As the daughter of a union member, I learned at a young age the importance of the American Labor Movement for working people. That’s why in Congress I will always fight for working people.
As a single mom, I learned the importance of the social safety net. That’s why in Congress I will always fight for our fellow citizens who need a hand up.
As a Community Activist, I learned that real change begins at the grassroots. That’s why in Congress I will never forget those marginalized by our society.
I am the only candidate in this race that supports Medicare-for-All because it is time for this nation to codify into law that health care is a right for all of us not a privilege for those who can afford it.
I am the only candidate that supports the Green New Deal because we must address climate change now.
And I'm the only candidate that refuses all corporate PAC money because you cannot reform a corrupt system if you take money from the people who corrupted it.
I am proud to have earned endorsements from great progressive groups like The Free Thought Equality Fund, Brand New Congress, and March On. But make no mistake I am about working every day to earn the vote of every Democrat in this district. And if elected I will do community meetings in each county every year.
You can learn more about our progressive grassroots campaign by visiting us at MarshaWilliamsforCongress.com or following us on Twitter @CongressMarsha.
I would be honored to earn your vote and I hope to see you on the campaign trail.
Why are you running?
I am running to bring a voice to the everyday American.
What does this office do well, and what needs fixing?
The incumbent, Cheri Bustos does a great job in reaching out to those from the big areas to the small areas of the district. I believe that more accessibility to elected officials is essential.
What is the most pressing issue facing your constituents and how do you plan on addressing it?
Inflation and infrastructure. We need to hold corporations accountable for price gouging American citizens.
What specific steps would you take to ensure your office is accessible and responsive to your constituents?
I will hold town halls in every county twice a year.