State Rep. and
Democrat Caucus Chair Mara Candelaria-Reardon, D-Munster--the first Latina
elected to the Indiana House--is announcing her candidacy for the 1st
District Congressional seat.
“I am going to
continue my hard work to protect healthcare, create the jobs that our
communities deserve and fight back against the dangerous policies of the
Trump Administration,” Candelaria-Reardon said. “I’ve never been afraid to
speak the truth to power in Indiana and now I’m ready to take that fight to
Born in East
Chicago, Candelaria-Reardon comes from a family of public servants and labor
leaders which instilled in her a strong commitment to union labor. Her
introduction to public service began while working for U.S. Rep. Pete
Visclosky, D-1st, as a federal projects coordinator.
During her tenure
in the Indiana House, Candelaria-Reardon focused on infrastructure and the
safety and security of the 12th District, including the $14 million dollars
needed to complete the Little Calumet River levy system. In addition,
Candelaria-Reardon has been a champion for public education and raising
Having served on
nearly a dozen House committees Candelaria-Reardon was elected to a
leadership position as Chair of the House Democrat Caucus, a historic caucus
that is for the first time, made up of a majority of women. Candelaria-Reardon
has ascended to national leadership, serving as chair of both the Board of
Hispanic Caucus Chairs, the National Association of Elected and Appointed
Officials, and the Education Fund Board of Directors.
has been married to her husband, Matt, for 22 years and they reside in
Munster with their college age children. She is a partner at MCR Partners
LLC., a consulting firm specializing in development, government affairs, and
economic development finance.