Mara Candelaria Reardon—Statement of Candidacy
I was born in East Chicago, and Northwest Indiana is my home. My parents always instilled in me and my siblings the importance of political activism, from the national grape boycott led by Cesar Chavez in the sixties to the Equal Rights Amendment in the seventies. I fight for my beliefs, just like my neighbors throughout the region.
The desire to serve led me to work in the office of Congressman Pete Visclosky, to become the first Latina elected to the Indiana State House in 2012, and to becoming elected by my peers to Chair the House Democratic Caucus, a historic Caucus that is for the first time in our State’s history a majority female caucus. I have a consistent record of not only working to represent the voices of traditionally underrepresented groups across the First Congressional District, but I also have a consistent record of being able to work with other people to get the job done.
I am an experienced lawmaker who has focused on getting great opportunities, fair healthcare, the best in education and more for my community. I have worked hard to promote economic development. These are the things that matter to my neighbors.
I am deeply proud of my family’s history of community activism and public service in our community. My mother was the first Latina elected President of the Indiana Federation of Teachers, and my father was the first Puerto Rican appointed to an Indiana city council. Now, it’s time to make history again and become the first Latina to fight for Northwest Indiana in the United States Congress. My parents taught me to never stop standing up for what I believe in, and I never will.