By JOSEPH PHILLIPS
Hyde Park resident Denise Hill announced, last Wednesday, her candidacy, as an independent, for the State Representative seat of the Illinois 25th House District.
The Illinois 25th House District includes Hyde Park, Kenwood, Woodlawn, South Shore, South Chicago and East Side.
The seat became available after State Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie (D-25), Democratic Majority Leader, announced in September that she would not seek another term.
Hill was former inaugural chairwoman of Hyde Park Kenwood Community Council and former chairwoman of the Ray Elementary School Local School Council, Hill told the Herald she will run as an independent in the November 2018 general election and will not run in the 2018 March Primary, for either the Democratic or Republican ballot positions.
Hill, a graduate of Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School on Chicago’s South side (Class of 2003), said she will focus her platform on dealing with economic security, education, and environmental issues in the 25th District.
Hill said that she is running because she believes state policies should help enhance the lives of its citizens.
“Folks are out there sacrificing, struggling, and working hard to make ends meet, taking care of their families, and living life – and it’s difficult,” Hill said in a written statement. “This moment, this candidacy, is about us, it’s about all of us out here trying to make it and build lives we can be proud of, and legacies we can pass down; it’s about making room for the truth of that struggle, and the reality of that difficulty, because it’s real, and it’s been real for too many, for too long, and it’s time for that to change.”
Hill, who has been a resident of Hyde Park for about 5 years, said that constituents of the 25th District should be able to live their lives and imagine for themselves, their children and their families a candidacy of making space for public policies that will help shape their lives.