A Bolingbrook resident announced this week that she is running for the state representative seat in the 85th District.
Dagmara Avelar, a 20-year Bolingbrook resident, said she’s running as a Democrat for the seat in light of the current representative’s announcement that he’s running for the Illinois Senate, according to a news release.
State Rep. John Connor, D-Lockport, has represented the district since his appointment in 2017. Last month, he announced his candidacy to run for state Sen. Pat McGuire’s seat in 2020.
Dagmara, who’s known by friends as “Dee,” said she’ll bring 12 years of experience “promoting the civic engagement of new Americans in the southwest suburbs and throughout the state.”
“Bolingbrook and this district embraced me and my family when I first moved here at the age of 12,” Avelar said. “I want to continue and strengthen that legacy for the next generation.”
Avelar is a 2005 graduate of Bolingbrook High School, earned her bachelor’s degree in justice studies from Northeastern Illinois University and is pursuing a master’s degree in urban planning and policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
The day after McGuire, D-Joliet, announced he would not run for reelection, Connor announced his candidacy.