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Carissa, Larry, Sam and Lillian with their rescue dogs Percy and Delilah.

MEET CARISSA

"In this era of distrust in government, I'm running for re-election to work for you to make our county a beacon of service, transparency and opportunity for all."

"I'm proud to be our community's voice on the Lake County Board. With your support, I would be honored to continue serving you.

I am a mom, a wife, a teacher, and a small business owner. I grew up in northwest Indiana, one of four girls, the daughter of a small business owner with a passion for public service and a stay-at-home mom.​ Like so many of you, my husband and I were drawn to Illinois because of the educational and economic opportunities offered here. We chose to live in Lake County in Warren Township because it is a great place to live and raise our family.

 

My husband, Larry, and I met in college and have been married for over 20 years. We live with our son, Sam, our daughter, Lillian, and our two rescue dogs, Percy and Delilah.

Soon after my son started school, we were distressed to find out that the Millburn School District was millions in debt due to a perfect storm of the Great Recession and sudden, dramatic state funding cuts. In 2015, I decided to run for school board. I ran to fight for our children, our schools, and our community. And I won. In my five years on the Millburn Board of Education, our district went from being millions in debt to having a surplus and cutting property taxes by governing transparently, responsibly and with community involvement. These changes made our schools better for our children and made our community a better place to call home. By working together, we didn’t just survive. We thrived.

​COVID-19 devastated Lake County the same way the Great recession devastated my children's school district.  Watching this havoc broke my heart and reminded me of why I ran for school board -- community anxiety, families in need, and tremendous budget shortfalls. Since I’ve been on the Lake County Board, we've made historic investments in our community's well-being. And we've done so while holding the line on property taxes for our homeowners and making our government more transparent. We're not out of the woods yet, but I can see the open field ahead. I'm proud that the actions we've taken on the Lake County Board have set our county on a path to be stronger than ever before. Once again, I'm confident we will get through this together and thrive.

County government can be such a power for good in our community. In this era of government distrust, I'm running for re-election to work for you to make our county a beacon of service, transparency and opportunity for all."

public service
and activities

  • Member, Lake County Board

  • Commissioner, Lake County Forest Preserves

  • Board Member, Visit Lake County Convention and Visitors Bureau

  • Member, Lake County Housing and Community Development Commission

  • Member, Lake County Advisory and Recommendation Committee on Homelessness

  • Member, Lake County Stormwater Management Commission

  • Member Lake County Liquor Control Commission

  • Small business owner

  • Team Leader, Lake County Coalition for the Homeless Point-in-Time Count

  • Member, Women United, United Way of Lake County

  • Member, the Gurnee Exchange Club

  • Member, League of Women Voters, Lake County 101

  • Former President, Millburn District #24 Board of Education

  • Member and committee leader, Millburn District #24 PTO

  • Former member of the American Guild for Musical Artists Union

  • Member, the National Association of Teachers of Singing

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