Martha Paschke For Illinois House


Why I'm Running

As a mom, teacher, doula, and mental health worker, I believe in leaving people and things better than I found them. That is why it has been so hard for me to watch as the person elected to represent me and my community at the state level has consistently voted against measures that could improve the lives of his constituents. He voted against increasing the minimum wage and teachers’ salaries, against protecting families from separation, against teaching the history of marginalized populations, and against protecting children’s health. I believe that these votes speak to the values he has brought to Springfield - and they are not the values I know this community holds. I am running to better represent our community’s values in Springfield and to leave the world better than I found it.

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  • I hired Martha Pashke because my practice needed someone, bright, energetic, compassionate, with a strong moral compass. She has by far exceeded our expectations. We need someone like Martha in the state legislature advocating for our community.  -  Sharmistha B.

  • Since the very first time I met Martha back when we moved to Geneva, she was the figure getting things done. She immediately added me to the community Facebook page and invited us to the neighborhood block party she organized each year. She welcomed us and gave me a place to start planting new roots. When a neighbor needed help or the schools, town or local groups needed fundraising, awareness or hands on, she was always on the front lines, spreading the word and putting ideas into action. To this day, Martha is the first voice I hear when local or national crisis hits our news media. She is rounding up bodies, speaking out and taking action. There is No Doubt in my mind the job of representing the 65th district belongs to Martha Paschke. She is the voice I want representing me when I cannot, because she can make a difference.  -  Laura W.

  • Martha would make an outstanding district state representative. She is active in our community, engaged in many meaningful projects, and committed to improving our world for us and future generations. Her experience with local organizations and desire to interact with people from all walks of life makes her an excellent candidate to represent our district. She has the ability to work with those share her thoughts as well as those who do not share her perspectives. She is thoughtful, passionate, and reasonable, and would be an effective leader for our government.  -  Britni P.

  • Educated on issues, strong in leadership, Respectful of All…and the right person to represent my family and community.  -  Christine S.

  • Martha was incredibly welcoming and helpful when we were new to the community. She is very interested in a variety of topics and willing to discuss in depth. She has organized many philanthropic events as well as educational experiences for groups of people. She has positively affected the lives of many in our community and beyond.  -  Elise H.