Candidate Name: Janette DeFelice
What office are you running for?
DuPage County Board, District 4
With which party are you running for office?
Primary on 3/17/20, general election 11/3/20.
Why are you running for office?
I am a writer, a physician, and a mom. I’m running because business as usual is not going to protect us from the devastating economic and public health effects climate change will bring to our community. My vision for DuPage County is to embrace green infrastructure, support sustainable small businesses, and in doing so, strengthen the local economy. DuPage County has been red for a very long time. The tide is starting to turn blue and I would like to help guide my community through this positive change. This is the community in which my children are growing up and attending school. I am invested in where we live and want to see it become more equitable, more sustainable, and more locally focused.
What is the biggest issue facing your community and how do you propose helping?
We have 3 major issues facing our community.
- Climate change. We have already seen increased flooding in our area as a result of rising global temperatures. Increased flooding brings disease-carrying mosquitos and ticks. Increased flooding also has the potential to overflow our stormwater systems, which could easily lead to preventable infectious diseases. We must guard against these dangers by immediately implementing green infrastructure solutions.
- Polluting companies like Sterigenics that spew cancer-causing chemicals into the air our children breathe must not be tolerated. We must work at every level of government to make sure public health and safety is paramount.
- The opioid epidemic. We must face the opioid epidemic head-on like the public health emergency it is. That means wide-spread availability of life-saving naloxone, expanding free prescription take-back programs, and educating the public about the dangers of prescription opioids.
How do we fix the partisan divide in our country and start working together again?
By making sure everyone has the support they need to succeed. If everyone feels secure in having enough money to pay the rent, enough food to feed their children, and having a job that makes them a valuable part of a highly functioning society, then we can all work toward the same communal goals.
Who is your hero?
My mother. She was an elementary school teacher who led the fight to unionize the teachers in her school district. She was tireless in her support for children’s issues. She taught me about the Equal Rights Amendment way back in the 1980s. Unfortunately, she passed away before she could meet my children. I miss her every day.
What are your hobbies?
Playing the piano, knitting, hiking, yoga, ballet.
What is the most recent book you read?
The Vagina Bible by Dr. Jen Gunter.
Do you have any kids/pets/talking houseplants?
I have twin 4th graders in the public school system and a tabby cat named Clara Barton (named by my kids after the famous Civil War nurse who also helped establish the American Red Cross).
How can our readers get involved in your campaign?
Email me at JD4DuPage4@gmail.com. Volunteers are needed to help address Get Out The Vote postcards, to help plan social events, to help gather donations, and possibly even to grab a cup of coffee with and talk about how we can change things from the grassroots on up. I’d love to hear from you!
What question do you wish we’d asked, and what is your answer?
What is your greatest accomplishment?
I gave birth to premature twins during my second year of medical school. I graduated within 6 months of my peers. That experience taught me how hard it is to be a mom with a life outside the home. The cost of daycare is astronomical, there is no paid family leave mandated by the government, and there is very little respect for mothers in the working world. That will change with all the great women candidates we have running across the country. It is an exciting time to be a woman!
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