Dee Beaubien is being greeted enthusiastically by voters as she collects nominating signatures across the 52nd District’s four counties.
“I have no doubt we will have a comfortable cushion of twice the 1,500 required valid signatures by the June 25 filing deadline,” she said.
Beaubien points out that more than 80 percent of the district’s 76,211 registered voters chose not to vote in the March 20 primary election.
“Voters obviously were not happy with the ballot choice they were given,” she said. “By running as an Independent, I will be giving the overwhelming majority of voters in our district a real choice in November.”
Dee Beaubien’s late husband Mark Beaubien ably represented the 52nd from 1996 until his . Dee stood by his side throughout his career, sharing his beliefs and commitment to fiscal conservatism and human rights. Like her late husband, Dee is a person of conscience, compassion and strong values. She shares his concern for her fellow man and is not afraid to stand up for what is fair –what is right.
“I welcome the support of everyone who wants to continue the tradition of responsible, responsive leadership our children and grandchildren can continue to look up to,” she said.
Illinois election law requires Independent candidates to file at least 1,500 valid signatures – three times the amount required of candidates of the two major political parties. Given the enthusiastic response she has been receiving in all four counties (McHenry, Lake, Kane and Cook), she expects to more than double that number.
“My roots run deep in this community. People in our district know the Beaubien name and they know the honesty and integrity it stands for,” Dee said.
Beaubien officially announced her candidacy at an April 23 petition drive kickoff. She explained that having watched her husband collapse and die before her eyes, there was no way she was ready to serve in the General Assembly within 30 days of his death. The March 20 primary results made it clear that running as an Independent candidate was the right thing to do. The lopsided 80 percent stay-at-home vote made that even more clear.
Dee Beaubien earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in counseling and psychology at Northwestern University, where she first met Mark. She and Mark were married for 47 years and have two sons and five grandchildren. Dee has worked in the mental health field and in family counseling for 30 years and has been, and remains, very active in community service, serving on the board of directors of Hospice of Northeastern Illinois, on the Barrington Youth Services, the Barrington Area Council on Aging and the Mano a Mano Family Resource Center advisory boards. Dee and her husband Mark were also actively involved in the early years of the Buehler and Foglia YMCA's, and Dee remains an avid supporter of the Foglia YMCA in its efforts to raise money for youth scholarships and other programs.
Press release provided by Dee Beaubien Campaign