MINOOKA – Jacqueline McKinney from Minooka announced her candidacy Saturday for the Republican nomination for the 75th District state representative.
She made her formal announcement Saturday to a crowd of about 20 family members and friends from her front yard on Kilheeney Drive in Minooka.
McKinney served as a Democrat on the Grundy County board from 2006-10. Her change in party affiliation, she said, is based on the fact that the 75th district leans toward Republican values and that is the party with which she aligns philosophically.
McKinney said if elected, she would work toward getting more trade jobs in Grundy County. She said that she sees the jobs moving to Wisconsin.
Another element of her platform she focused on was pensions. She noted pensions have been promised to public employees, and said the state should deliver on those promises.
She also said she would not vote to increase taxes. She described herself as a proponent of concealed carry and believes that residents have a right to protect themselves, and noted that training and licensing classes for concealed carry are readily available.
McKinney said she would “make it her mission” to help the mentally ill not feel stigmatized by their illness.
She has a master’s degree in addictions counseling and a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She has worked for Catholic Charities and the Illinois Department of Corrections; she lives in Minooka with her husband, Donald McKinney, and has three children in grade school. She has been at home with her children for the past 10 years.
She is also a proponent of assisting military service personnel who might have combat-related mental health issues.
Lastly, she said well-being checkups for women would help lower insurance rates. She said that she would support giving all women the CA125 screen as part of their annual physical. This test tests for a protein associated with ovarian cancer. She said she has been influenced by her sister’s cancer to see the need for preventative testing.
McKinney said she will call on her background as a counselor to give a listening ear to constituents. She also plans to walk the district soliciting votes.
She has a master’s degree in addictions counseling and a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She has worked for Catholic Charities and the Illinois Department of Corrections; she lives in Minooka with her husband, Donald McKinney, and has three children in grade school. She has been at home with her children for the last 10 years.
The 75th District encompasses parts of Grundy, Kendall, Will and LaSalle counties. The seat currently is held by John Anthony, R-Plainfield. He was chosen as the new state representative in August to replace Pam Roth, R-Morris, who resigned to move to Texas with her family.
Also running for the Republic nomination is Grundy County Board Chairman Ron Severson, R-Morris. Former local Republican official Martha Shugart also has switched parties and is going to run as a Democratic candidate for the seat.