BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Sharon Chung, McLean County Board member, educator, and working mom is announcing her campaign to offer new, independent leadership as state representative in the 91st House District, focusing on strengthening healthcare and education, providing tax relief and building a stronger middle class.
“While a lot of politicians just talk, I have been focused on getting things done in my community, whether it was rallying of support of getting more money to our local public schools, supporting organized labor, or being a local voice for my community on the County Board,” said Chung. “I’ve gone door-to-door to hear what people actually need and what they expect from their elected officials, and I’m going to take that experience to Springfield to put our families first.”
Chung joined the McLean County Board in 2018, defeating an incumbent member by under 100 votes. Since that time, Chung has worked to increase public transparency, strengthen local public health, and stand up for members of organized labor.
“As a member of the board, I have spent time making sure that our County makes sound financial decisions and operates within its budget, and it’s time for the state to do the same. That starts with a balanced budget and focusing on creating new opportunities for employees and workers in Illinois,” said Chung. “As an educator, I see firsthand the effects of when our state doesn’t invest properly in the things that people rely on, like education, local infrastructure and the social services that are critical for vulnerable people and children. I’m ready to make the tough decisions to make sure our state invests smartly in the services that people depend on.”
Chung has already earned the backing of local organized labor and a bipartisan group of local officials. She is endorsed by LiUNA! Midwest Region, Great Plains Laborers’ District Council, Laborers’ Local 362 and McLean County Board members Jim Rogal (D), Benjamin Webb (D), Elizabeth Johnston (D), Hannah Beer (D), Val Laymon (D), Lea Cline (D), Shayna Watchinski (D), and Josh Barnett (R).
Chung lives in Bloomington and is a professional musician, private music instructor and adjunct professor at Millikin University, and she is also a member of the American Federation of Musicians Local 301. She attended Illinois Wesleyan University, and after graduating with her master’s degree from Northwestern University, she and her husband located back to Bloomington to raise her family.
“Like so many people that I have talked with, I’m frustrated by the partisan games that are put over the commonsense solutions needed to solve our state’s problems. I’m choosing to raise my family in our region because I believe it is a great place to live and work in. I want to make it even greater, and I’m ready to do the work to be a strong voice for our communities and families.”