Candidate Questionnaire: Rachel Ventura

The Herald News

I'm running for Will County Board, District 9 because I believe we need a government that works for everyone. I plan to focus on the issues and find bold solutions to the everyday kitchen table problems.

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Local candidates go head-to-head in forum


Murphy, Parker and Ventura all agreed that infrastructure improvements were vital – so much so that they all named it the top issue facing the county.

Several candidates talked about the importance of bipartisan work with different levels of government to bring about those improvements and expansions. Ventura and Walsh both spoke about wanting to halt big industrial projects, such as the Compass Business Park project in Elwood, before the needed improvements were implemented.

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CMAP plan draws comments on Illiana, Southland roads at New Lenox presentation

Susan DeMar Lafferty

Rachel Ventura, Joliet resident and candidate for Will County board, said she is interested in what the future roads will look like, but she is also focused on water shortages.

“Water is also a growing crisis that we will have to address. It’s a bit scary,” she said, adding that she was glad to see that issue addressed in the plan.

“There‘s a lot in this plan that will be very helpful in planning future development for our area,” Ventura said.

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3 Republican incumbents ousted from Will County board

Susan DeMar Lafferty

With county board member Lauren Staley-Ferry giving up her District 9 seat to run for the clerk's position, there were five Democrats trying to win her spot on the board to represent parts of Lockport, Joliet, New Lenox and Homer Townships.

Ventura, of Joliet, came out on top, and Murphy, of Joliet, said he is cautiously optimistic he will hang on to his second place finish, but only 65 votes separates him from Williams, of Crest Hill.

Ventura said she gained some name recognition in her unsuccessful bid for an at-large Joliet city council post last year.

That race "didn't feel like defeat," she said, noting that she had gained a lot of support.

The open seat on the county board was the "perfect" opportunity to try again, Ventura said.

The newcomer was "pleasantly surprised" to come out on top of the pile of five Democratic candidates, noting that she knocked on 3,000 doors and talked to voters one on one, and plans to do more of that in November, she said.

Quiero ver un cambio Es importante ser el cambio que quieres ver ", dijo Ventura." La clase media ya no está representada. Quiero fortalecer la clase media.

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Will County election results: Federal, state and local races


In the Democratic race for Will County Board District 9, the top two vote earners were Rachel Ventura with 26.13 percent and Jim Murphy

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What you need to know about the 2018 primary elections in Will County


In District 9 in Joliet, which Staley-Ferry current represents, there is perhaps the widest Democratic field vying for votes between Rachel Ventura, Todd Randich, Jim Murphy, Sherry Williams and Danganetta Harris.

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Joliet West Library features Will County public servants in Human Services Academy Week Panel

Community Contributor kschlismann

On Wednesday, a panel featured Will County public servants for Government Day. Participants were:

• County Candidates Panel 2: Laurie McPhillips, Don Gould, Rachel Ventura, Denise Rumchak, & Shawn Walsh (County Clerk, Board, & Superintendent of Schools candidates)

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Candidate withdraws from Will County Board race


Likar was going up against a relatively large field with five other Democrats, Rachel F. Ventura, Todd C. Randich, Jim Murphy, Sherry Williams...

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Will County candidates file petitions for countywide offices


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