My parents were active community leaders, union members, and were very involved in our local and state Democratic party. My father spent his entire career in public service, and I saw firsthand how getting involved can make a positive impact in your community. When I began teaching at Grissom Middle School and joined the Illinois Education Association, I served in various roles for my union. My last 6 years I acted as the Grassroots Political Activist for my local region and worked with union members to advocate for our profession and students. I found the work challenging and rewarding and believe I can bring that experience to the Will County Board by representing the residents of District 12.

JoAnne

Hamilton-Gunkel

I have been an educator for almost 40 years and retired from Kirby SD 140 in Tinley Park in 2016. I am still employed as a substitute teacher at Virgil Grissom Middle School, where I spent my last 25 years teaching. My husband and I have been residents of Mokena for over 30 years and moved here because we wanted to raise our children in a safe community with parks, open space, and great schools. We found this, and more, in Mokena. Our grown son and daughter received a stellar education at Mokena Public Schools and Lincoln-Way East High School. I saw how my children prospered in this environment and aim to ensure that Mokena and the Lincoln-Way community continues to support those democratic values that drive young families to move and raise their children here.

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