Candelaria Reardon enters race to succeed Visclosky in Congress

Candelaria Reardon enters race to succeed Visclosky in Congress

November 21, 2019 – Democratic Caucus Chair Mara Candelaria-Reardon (D- Munster), the first Latina elected to the Indiana House of Representatives has launched a run for the state’s 1st Congressional District. Candelaria Reardon says she hopes to represent Northwest Indiana with bold vision and leadership.

I am going to continue my hard work to protect healthcare, create the jobs that our communities deserve and fight back against the dangerous policies of the Trump Administration.

“I’ve never been afraid to speak the truth to power in Indiana and now I’m ready take that fight to DC” said Candelaria Reardon.

Born in East Chicago, she comes from a family of public servants and labor leaders which instilled in her a strong commitment to Union labor. Her introduction to public service began while working for U.S. Congressman Pete Visclosky as a Federal Projects Coordinator.

During her tenure in the legislature, Candelaria Reardon focused on infrastructure and the safety and security of the 12th District, including the $14 million dollars needed to complete the Little Calumet River levee system. Additionally, Candelaria Reardon has been a champion for public education and raising teacher pay.

Having served on nearly a dozen House committees Candelaria Reardon was elected to a leadership position as Chair of the House Democrat Caucus, a historic caucus that is for the first time, made up of a majotiy of women. Candelaria Reardon has ascended to national leadership, serving as Chair of both the Board of Hispanic Caucus Chairs, National Association of Elected and Appointed Officials Education Fund Board of Directors.

Candelaria Reardon has been married to her husband, Matt, for 22 years and they reside in Munster with their college age children. She is a partner at MCR Partners, LLC., a consulting firm specializing in development, government affairs and economic development finance.

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