2020 Candidates: State Representatives

41st District | 42nd District | 48th District | 81st District | 85th District

41st District

Denika McMillen

Why are you running for this office?

Since moving to Naperville in 2016 with my wife and our three children, I have been an active member of the Diversity Advisory Committee for District 203, Indivisible Naperville, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, Lisle Township Democratic Organization, and is one of the founding members of the Naper Pride organization. I am currently serving as the Precinct Committeeperson for District 57. Inspired by the 2018 Midterm Elections, I decided to make a commitment to serve our community at the next level. I am committed to being the type of leader that listens to my constituents, does the research on issues, and votes in the best interest of the community.

What are you planning to do if you win?

A major focus of mine has always been Mental Health issues. The fact that it’s not as easily accessible as a doctor’s visit is a problem. Health and Mental Health go hand in hand. I want to look at the funding for these programs and push to increase the services in every community. Secondly, I would advocate for lowering taxes during my campaign and once in office. I’m a supporter of the Fair Tax Amendment that will be on the ballot next November. It’s not a complete problem solver but a “step in the right direction. Lastly, Illinois is behind in our renewable energy plan. There is only one energy legislation currently in Springfield, I which is the “Clean Energy Jobs Act”. This could create new jobs for Illinoisians as well as get us closer to our renewable energy progression.


Janet Yang Rohr

Janet Yang Rohr


42nd District

Ken Meija-Beal

  • Running for: Illinois State Representative District 42
  • Email: kenbeal83@icloud.com
  • Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/kmbfor42
  • Website: https://kmbfor42.com/
  • Twitter: https://twitter.com/kmbfor42
  • Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kmbfor42/

Why are you running for this office?

As a long-time resident, community activist, and a leader in the financial sector, Ken Meija-Beal has spent the better part of his life helping others in his community.
As a young professional in DuPage County, Ken worked as a mortgage manager, helping citizens affected by the housing crisis receive a hand up through the government-sponsored HARP program. But his work in the southwest suburban community did not stop there. As an activist and community organizer, he has experience in discussing affordable housing, climate justice, and affordable healthcare with elected members of the Illinois General Assembly. As a member of the Advisory Panel of Equality Illinois and the DuPage NAACP, Ken understands the socioeconomic struggles faced by all communities, and has dedicated a large part of his career towards alleviating these disparities in common-sense, bipartisan ways.

Throughout his life as a citizen, one thing remains constant: Ken enjoys the work of reaching out across the aisle and communicating with community members and leaders to seek practical solutions to difficult problems. With a background in finance and his finger on the pulse of his community, Ken recognizes that citizens in Illinois are evacuating in droves due to the ever-increasing property taxes, and he recognizes that this problem will persist unless there is an independent voice in Springfield.

That’s why Ken Mejia-Beal has decided to run for the Illinois House of Representatives in his own 42nd District.


48th District

Rep. Terra Costa Howard


81st District

Rep. Anne Stava Murray


85th District

Dagmara “Dee”Avelar

Last updated on by Mark Spieglan