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For longer than most people can remember, the only choice people had for16th congressional district representation were candidates selected by one of the two political parties. Wanda Roh’s candidacy changes all that.

With Adam Kinzinger (R) having defeated long-time Republican Don Manzullo for the 16th district seat in the Republican primary, and the Democratic Party slating no one to oppose Kinzinger in the general election, Wanda Rohl, Ottawa, IL, decided that allowing a Republican to walk away with the district was unthinkable.  As a person whose very life was saved and ultimately transformed by the availability of America’s social safety net programs, she could not in good conscience sit by and allow the party whose goal it is to dismantle those very programs to hold on to power, especially without a fight.

 On April 21, 2012, citizens of the newly mapped 16th congressional district met in DeKalb Illinois Citizens’ Convention to draft their own candidate to run under the Democratic banner. Emerging from that forum was Ottawa, IL native Wanda Rohl.

In the week that followed, all 14 16th district Democratic Party chairs voted to caucus Rohl in for the 2012 ballot.  Then, in the whirlwind four weeks of signature gathering, a small army of grassroots volunteers hit the streets and managed to gather three times the number of signatures necessary to clinch the democratic spot on the general election ballot.

Rohl is no career politician; in fact, she is no politician at all.  Hers is a simple mission to end the Tea Party congressional roadblock, get Jobs growing again, and to protect and improve America’s social safety net programs. Unlike her well-funded opponent, hers is a truly grassroots campaign that has received no funding from either the state or national Democratic Party.  

Rohl’s life story is one of family farming, raising a family, surviving a tragic accident and the tortuous rebuilding process that followed. It is these experiences, and not a lust for power, that drives Rohl to seek public office.  She hopes giving back to the community and nation that has given her so much will be the next big chapter in her life.

To learn more about Wanda Rohl, visit  

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  •  This is what Democracy Looks Like!!!! (2+ / 0-)
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    Lost and Found, treesfieldssky

    This is my candidate for congress! The DCCC isn't helping because it is such a far right district, there wasn't a candidate for me to vote for, and now Wanda has "stepped-up" to fill the void on the ballot. So I hope you read about her, donate to her campaign, and if possible vote for her, at least once!
    A steep, uphill battle to be sure, maybe we can help by spreading the word, giving a buck or two, Please!

  •  An alternative, a choice, for the people of IL-16 (2+ / 0-)
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    treesfieldssky, TheLawnRanger

    We would be doing a great service to our cause to endorse Wanda Rohl for the Illinois district 16 candidate for Congress.  She is a true progressive, running a 'boots on the ground', grass roots campaign.  She has earned enough of a constituency to secure a place on the ballot with three times the required signatures in Illinois.

    If Wanda had not had the bravery and ambition to make this effort to be a candidate, then her opponent, Adam Kinzinger, the Tea Party darling, would be running unopposed, giving the people in our district no alternative to Kinzinger for Congress.

    Please consider supporting Wanda for Congress

  •  A Voice for the People (1+ / 0-)
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    Please consider supporting Wanda Rohl in anyway you can. She is taking on a Koch Brothers funded candidate, Rep Kinzinger. He has received over $15,000 from the Koch brothers. Rep Cantor gave him $25,000 to help him defeat Rep Manzullo in the primary, Needless to say without any help from the DCC Wanda is going to have it difficult. However she has a unique story and she is a strong progressive and is standing strong on the issues people care about. If you support her campaign you will be helping to pull off one of the major upsets of this election.
    Look up Wand Rohl for congress-

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