Lynn Laplante - candidate for DuPage County Board Chairman and her family at her alma mater - Notre Dame

My name is Lynn LaPlante and I am running for Chair of the County Board, because we need new leadership in DuPage.

We all know that DuPage is changing, yet for 185 years, we’ve taken the same old political approach to local government. For nearly two centuries, there has never been a Democrat or a woman from either party to lead the county board! It’s time we have a government that believes in progress, embodies our values, and fights to ensure this is one of the best communities in the United States to work, raise a family, and enjoy a strong quality of life.

It’s time for a new voice.

My family taught me the importance of support from those around you. The expectations in my family were high, but even greater was their support of each and every person who walked in and out of our lives.

I grew up the caboose of eight children, and my parents welcomed a constant stream of foreign exchange students to live with us. They showed us that there was always room for one more seat at the table, and that we were all equal.

My church pianist Mom and my Dad, the teacher, expected everyone in our family to learn an instrument. I grew up playing piano and violin alongside my Mom in church every week. My Dad was an expert in childhood literacy and traveled extensively, helping to develop educational systems for countries around the world. At the dinner table, we were expected to know about the news here at home and across the globe.

These were our family values: faith and equality. Service and education. Music, writing, reading, and leadership. Values I try to emulate every day.

Because of that, I’ve always been involved in my community. I started a dynamic group for professional women leaders in my town to help support working moms. I am a proud union member and professional musician. I volunteer my time at school and extracurricular activities, and I play my violin for hospice patients and in Alzheimer’s units.

These ingrained family values also taught me that I would not be able to accomplish as much as I have without support from my friends and family.

I was elected to the DuPage County Board in 2020, after first running for office in 2018 when I saw that no one else from our party was willing to stand up and make a difference.

That first race was a true grassroots campaign, run with the help of my friends and family who believed in me and shared a common vision for a better DuPage. Some couldn’t imagine how a political outsider like me stood a chance against the Republican machine and a longtime incumbent, but I came closer than any other Democratic candidate in DuPage County history.

Well, it’s time to finish the job–and make history at the same time!

I’m running to lead a government that will be fiscally responsible AND make critical investments in community services for the most vulnerable members of our county. We can pass a plan to combat climate change in the long term, and promote economic development we need in the short term. We can recover from Covid-19, and be even better than before.

We need a collective reckoning to combat the incredible failures we have seen across our nation led by a Republican Party that lies about election results– and tries to overturn them with violence. A Republican Party that attacks our law enforcement professionals, and spreads anti-vaccine conspiracy theories that result in people dying unnecessarily from this pandemic. I will move our community forward, not backward, by focusing on building bridges, not walls.

That’s important because even as we fight for our Democratic values, we have to do it in a way that takes the temperature down.

Now, that doesn’t mean we concede our values in this campaign. I don’t think we can win if we Democrats go about this race the same old way we have before. We have to put forward a vision freed from the politics of the past in Springfield, or in DuPage.

I’ve been Lynn the Room Mom, Team Mom, Girl Scout Leader, soccer and softball coach, gun sense advocate, activist, and concert violinist. And now, I want to be your County Board Chair.

I believe in public service, and that science should guide it. I believe new leaders can bring people together to overcome adversity. I believe DuPage County is ready for change.

I know together we can bring new leadership to DuPage, but I can’t do this without your support. If you share these values and want to help move our community forward, please join us!