Erika was once a call-center worker, and eventually became homeless with three small children. She became determined to transition her family out of poverty and enrolled in college classes. Upon completing her graduate studies, she served as a member of the faculty and Academic Counselor at Lake Land College. She eventually went to law school, and in her final semester, was elected to the Mattoon CUSD2 Board of Education. After law school, she worked a post-graduate legal fellowship with Land of Lincoln Legal Aid, briefly worked in private practice, and eventually landed a position in the Coles County Public Defender’s Office.
On healthcare . . .
“We must increase access to primary medicine, women’s health, mental health services, dental health, and medical services to seniors and veterans. We can best accomplish this through more mobile medical units in this district.”
On the environment . . .
"To ensure that my children, and every child and family in the district has the opportunity to grow up in vibrant and safe communities, I would invest into and support legislation that creates clean energy and power; helps our farmers address issues impacting crops; supports our municipalities in providing affordable energy solutions and services to our district; and supports improvements to our rural infrastructure.”
Plans for the Economy
“We need to bring sustainable business and employment opportunities into the district. This includes plans to expanding opportunities for our farming community, developing small businesses near and along Routes 1 and 50, Interstates 57, 70, and 74, along the Ohio River, and recruiting more businesses with remote employment opportunities.”
“Education and training are vital to improving the quality of life for the families in the 15th District. We must develop more opportunities of training programs, apprenticeships, vocational training, and community college opportunities.”