My name is Lakesia Collins and I am
running for State Representative of House District 9. As far back as I can
remember, I was caring for others before caring for myself. At the age of five, I
lost my mom. She was 28, she died of cancer and my grandmother ended up
taking me and my older sister in. I went to a Chicago Public School, went to
Community College, but at the age of 20 that’s when I had to make one of the
hardest choices: to finish my education, or take care of my son. I chose to take
care of my son. I ended up getting my CNA certification
and I started working at a nursing home on the southwest side. It takes a worker
with compassion in order to do that job. I felt that I was more than just an
advocate for my seniors, but that I had to be an advocate for the workers. That’s
when I got involved with my union. I want to be able to take my organizing skills and create a new system with the community folks in the ninth district to
have a system that works for all of us. I’m currently running for State Representative because the 9th District is disproportionately resourced.
There’s abandoned buildings, there’s a lot of vacant lots, the schools are being
closed down. My values are making sure that my kids can get the education that they deserve. I’m constantly worried when my sons go outside and play. That’s my experience, raising three young black boys. Safety is bringing more jobs into the community. I’ve been told for so long that I wasn’t going to be anything, I couldn’t do certain things. Knowing what that feels like, it makes me go even harder. There’s no boundaries, you know, dream bigger. And it’s possible, it can happen, we just have to do it together.