Illinois 2nd Congressional district candidate Robin Kelly is on a roll. A small part of it is luck, such as the luck of snagging the coveted first spot on the Democratic election ballot. That happened yesterday at the Illinois Board of Election office in Springfield when five names were put in of a hat (ok, it was a box) and out came Robin Kelly's name for the first spot on the ballot.
In addition, Robin Kelly has thus far raised $200,209 from 514 individuals as of December 31, 2012. Robin Kelly has also led the way with the most signatures filed: 3800.
Robin Kelly has also taken the lead on the issues, getting out front on the issue of gun control and also released a new campaign video today entitled “Enough,” that powerfully delivers the message of the need for stronger gun control. Robin Kelly also has a "zero" rating from the National Rifle Association, meaning she never votes the NRA way on legislation. Two of her leading opponents have significantly higher NRA ratings.
The rest of her roll is hard work, a strong public service experience, an impressive resume and a great team that Robin Kelly has surrounded herself with in her quest to succeed Jesse Jackson Jr.
The hard work is something that comes naturally to Robin Kelly. She gained great experience as Director of the Crisis Nursery at Crittenton Care and Counseling Center from 1984 through 1987, then Associate Director of The Youth Shelter from 1987 through 1990. From 1990 through 1992 she was Minority Student Services Director at Bradley University. From 1992 through 2006, Kelly has served as a Director of Community Affairs in Matteson, Illinois. She is co-founder and past president of the Unity Coalition of the South Suburbs.
Robin Kelly has served as a Commissioner on Human Rights in Cook County since 1998, and a Board Member of the Hate Crimes Commission since 2005. She has been a board member for the Rich Township Food Pantry since 1994 and the Illinois Theatre Center since 1993.
In addition, Robin Kelly has served in the Illinois state legislature from 2002 through 2007. She then served as Illinois State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias' chief-of-staff from 2007 through 2011. Since early 2011, Robin Kelly has served as Administrative Assistant to Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle. Robin Kelly has distinguished herself in all these positions, marked by hard work.
As Robin Kelly says, "I have been preparing to serve in the Congress for all of my life."
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