Today, Candance Chow, the only Evanston resident running for State Representative in the 17th District open seat, announced the endorsements of Former Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl, current Evanston Mayor Steve Hagerty, and former 6th Ward Alderman Mark Tendam.
“We are lucky to have someone like Candance Chow, D65 School Board member and former President of the Board, run for higher office,” Hagerty stated. “Candance was instrumental in ensuring that District 65 was able to pass a referendum to fund our schools and increase educational equity for decades to come. She is the type of thoughtful, compassionate person we need in Springfield.”
Candance recently guided Evanston/Skokie School District through a period of significant financial uncertainty, ultimately helping pass a referendum to support the schools with an overwhelming 80% approval. Candance has spent her career focused on helping families succeed through access to high quality education and well-resourced social services. She looks forward to bringing that passion and focus to the state capitol.
"Our government in Springfield is an incredibly complex disaster. Candance Chow will go into the eye of the storm and make sure it turns out well for all of us. She's that kind of person," said former Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl.
“I am humbled that local leaders in my community have joined my campaign because they believe in the work that I do every day for my fellow residents,” Chow stated. “I look forward to bringing my message of independent, progressive advocacy to voters throughout not just Evanston, but also Glenview, Morton Grove, Northbrook, Skokie, and Wilmette.”
Candance is currently serving her second term on the District 65 school board representing the needs of 7,800 children in Evanston and Skokie. In addition to her board service, Candance sits on the board of Community Partners for Affordable Housing, the board of Caring Outreach by Parents in Evanston, and served as co-chair of the Evanston Cradle to Career Committee on safety, health and wellness. “Candance brings a personal and current understanding of the challenges working families in our communities face, and her insight into how the system as a whole can better meet the needs of these families is absolutely critical,” said mayoral candidate and former 6th ward Alderman Mark Tendam.”
Because of her effective leadership in our community, Candance was recently named a McCormick Foundation Executive Fellow in Early Childhood Policy Leadership. Candance holds an MBA with distinction from Northwestern University's Kellogg Graduate School of Management in strategy and nonprofit management. She graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in Public Communications and International Studies from American University in Washington, D.C. As president of InSight Consulting Group, she serves nonprofits and emerging businesses in helping them innovate and use resources wisely.