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As a State Representative, Dagmara will continue to fight to:


  • Expand Access to Affordable Healthcare and reduce the cost of prescription drugs and provide tough new oversight of pharmaceutical companies.

  • Help Women Thrive by strengthening Illinois’ equal pay law and crackdown on the corrupt practices big businesses use to lock women into a lifetime of lower wages.

  • Prepare the Next Generation for the Jobs of Tomorrow by restoring vocational and technical education courses to our high schools, in order to prepare the next generation for high-wage jobs in our community.

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ABOUT DAGMARA

A DEMOCRAT FIGHTING FOR WORKING FAMILIES!

Dee Avelar was born in Ecuador. When she was 12, her family immigrated to the U.S. and bought a home in Bolingbrook, where Dee still lives today. She belongs to the Bolingbrook High School Class of ‘05.


After earning a degree in justice studies at Northeastern Illinois University, Dee decided to dedicate her career to advocating for working families and she has helped hundreds of immigrants become proud American citizens. 

In 2020, she made history by becoming the first Latina to represent the 85th District in the General Assembly. In her first year as our State Representative she:

  • Passed meaningful ethics reform to stop the revolving door of politicians becoming lobbyist. 

  • Increased funding for our education system, social services and small businesses as we recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Voted and co-sponsored term-limits for politicians in leadership positions. 


As a daughter, sister, immigrant, and longtime resident of Will County, Dee feels a responsibility to give back to the community that has given her so much. 


“As the people of the 85th district, we need leadership in Springfield that puts people over profit. We are part of a diverse, growing community whose values are centered on seeing us thrive, not just survive.” 


THAT IS WHY I AM RUNNING TO CONTINUE TO BE YOUR STATE REPRESENTATIVE

ISSUES & POLITICAL CONCERNS

Woman & Doctor

HEALTH CARE

Healthcare is a human right and a matter of life or death for many. We cannot live in a society where families are going bankrupt or have to choose between basic needs or paying their healthcare bills. My own family has gone through those hardships and I am committed to being a strong advocate for affordable healthcare. My commitment to our communities includes assuring that our families have access to quality medical care, affordable medication and the continuing fight for reproductive rights.