“From a young age, my parents instilled in me the importance of service, and I’m proud to begin my campaign to serve the community I call home. I’ve spent years building coalitions among diverse stakeholders, advancing fairness and equity, and serving others in need, all of which has prepared me to help make the 46th Ward a safe, welcoming community where every person has an opportunity to thrive.”
Over more than two decades, Kim Walz has built an impressive record of community advocacy, coalition building, and experience in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. A longtime 46th Ward resident, she has spent her career fighting for safer neighborhoods, affordable and accessible healthcare and housing, support for those suffering with substance abuse, mental health, and homelessness, and making government more efficient and transparent for the people it serves.
Raised in Freeport, Illinois, the values of public service and community engagement were instilled in Kim at a young age. Her mother was a nurse and her father was a high school teacher who served as the Illinois Education Representative for his region. After graduating from Georgetown University with a Master’s Degree in Public Policy, Kim moved to the 46th Ward. For ten years, she worked for Congressman Mike Quigley, first in his role as Cook County Commissioner, where she helped perform Cook County government and expand access to services for residents, and then in Congress.
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Over 22 years of experience in the public, private and non-profit sectors
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Kim has spent years building coalitions among diverse stakeholders, advancing fairness and equity, and serving others in need, all of which has prepared her to help make the 46th Ward a safe, welcoming community where every person has an opportunity to thrive
LEARNED PUBLIC SERVICE FROM AN EARLY AGE
The values of public service and community engagement were instilled in Kim at a young age. Her mother was a nurse and her father was a high school teacher.
Whether it is delivering meals during COVID to seniors, volunteering at food distribution centers, packing sack lunches for the Inspiration Cafe in Uptown, collecting donations for local shelters, park and river cleanups, or volunteering at shelters – helping her community is an integral part of who Kim is.
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ALL voters need to know that Kim Walz is the candidate who will get at the root of crime by funding real long-term mental health care placements and helping the unhoused find permanent homes instead of bouncing between shelters. Kim knows that disinvestment and chronic underfunding has caused an increase in crime, and Kim will make it a priority to address the long-term solutions that make our communities safer for everyone.
Kim has seen firsthand how our safety net is failing to help those needing mental health treatment, as her sibling struggles with homelessness and his mental health.
As Alderman she’ll do more to help those falling through the cracks including sending social workers on distress calls with police, funding real long-term mental health care placements – not sending them to jail – and helping the unhoused find permanent homes.
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