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I am a MALE Breast Cancer survivor ;-)

I played the flute thru middle school and again in college And I journal with hopes to write 2 books about fatherhood. I already have working titles and content ("The Buffalo" and "What About Joseph? Lessons from Christ's earthly father about being a man")

We spent the first two years of our married life living in the Philippines where our oldest son was born. The cultural experience of living abroad gave us a true appreciation of our country and the opportunities available to us. Upon our return to the United States, after we were discharged from the United States Air Force, we elected to help make wherever we lived a better place to raise our family. To that end we became very active in our local schools, athletics associations, and civic groups.

I used to ice skate on the Chicago Jazz synchronized skating team out of Rolling Meadows, Park Ridge, and Buffalo Grove in the late 90s. We were named to the U.S. Synchronized Skating Team and competed for the United States internationally. This high level of competition developed my work ethic and taught me dedication to my goals which has served me well over the years. I went on to skate on the University of Notre Dame Synchronized Skating Team in college.

I will be competing in the championship competition of the Mountain Laurel Autoharp Gathering this June in Newport, Pennsylvania

I have six toes on each foot. (That's NOT true, but I bet it surprised you!) This is tough, since I don't know what your expectations of me are to begin with (hence the above joke). But, fixating on physical attributes at the moment, I'm only 5'4" tall.

I am an award-winning music composer (www.TheWESTMelodies.com)

I am also a retired assistant fire chief with our Cerro Gordo Fire Protection District Volunteer Fire Deartment. I am also a 41 year member of the Sons of The American Legion Squadron #117, and a Life member of the National Rifle Association.

I play the trumpet and ride a Harley.

In April of this year, Congressman Peter Roskam surprised me at a board meeting with a Congressional Record for honoring the legacy of Abraham Lincoln. I traveled to all 50 state Capitols in 50 Days and recited the Gettysburg Address at each one to remind people about the core values set forth in this timeless speech and advance hope for what we can do together if we are guided by the principles that Lincoln embodied and expressed.

I am not a politician.

I am a competitive bass fisherman. I'm a member of the Champaign-Urbana Bass Fisherman's club, and have competed all around the state and Midwest. I finished 10th in the league in 2017 and enjoy an opportunity to be with nature and to spend time with my son and teammate, Joe.

That I participated in an Agriculture market study tour in Vietnam.

I am a ten year cancer survivor and set a land speed record at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah.

I beat NBA Hall of Fame great Isiah Thomas in a game of "Horse" in my backyard.

Completed four full marathons; including New York City and Chicago.

I was born and raised in Pittsfield. I am the youngest of 8. My Mom was a teacher's aide and I am blessed to still work with my Dad as a carpenter 3 to 4 days a week. Me and my wife, Jane Ann Petty, have 4 children (Finley 15, JJ 13, Mickey 7 and Jed 5) For the last 10 years Jane Ann and I have grown our company, which has 1 hotel in Pittsfield, 4 Coffee Shops in Pittsfield, Mt. Sterling and Springfield along with over 80 rental units. We love to work hard and are very passionate about our community. Jane Ann has sat on many boards as have I. We volunteer at our church (St. Mary's Catholic Church) and are committed to teaching our children about service to others.

I have Type 1 Diabetes. I don't usually talk about it much, because its already an everyday part of me. People ask me about it and are surprised, when they notice my insulin pump, which I wear 24/7. I was diagnosed at the age of 21 and had to change my entire life in accordance. One huge challenge for me was to navigate the healthcare system. This disease affects every aspect of my life and never lets me have a day off. I just keep looking forward, just like everyone else out there- we all have our own personal challenges. I am a fierce proponent of the research that JDRF has done and its impact not only on Diabetes, but all autoimmune diseases. On the day of the primary, March 20, 2018, it will be my 10,000th day living with diabetes.

In 1985 I placed a call to South Africa to request that Nelson Mandela be released from prison so that he could receive an honorary degree from the University of Michigan. As a member of the Free South Africa Coordinating Committee, I had attended a teach-in where a South African poet suggested we simply call. "They are looking for a reason to release him," he said. I found out the country code for South Africa and called. The operator there asked me if I was aware what time it was. "He is not in summer camp, miss," said the person who was awakened for the call. "He is serving a sentence for making bombs and attempting to overthrow the government."

In 1986 Seamus Heaney wrote me a little poem: I wish I had a catkin To give to Susan Shatkin.

Growing up, I played competitive ice hockey at a high level. Today, I enjoy finding time in these winter months to join a few of my old teammates and play outdoors.

I sold an Angus Bull, named Rush, to Mel Gibson and delivered it to his Bear Tooth Ranch outside of Columbus, Montana.

This is my first attempt at running for office. I never even ran for student council in school.

My brother Ben is running for the State Senate in the 54th District and he is also a Republican County Chairman.

I love to skate

I am an Eagle Scout from Boy Scout of America Troop 834 and I always enjoy the great outdoors, especially when hiking or camping. Please VOTE for David A. Zulkey this Primary Election on March 20, 2018. My vote matters, Your vote matters, Our votes matter.

My late Father was a Chicago School Teacher. I was born and brought up in Chicago and am a product of Chicago Schools

My parents highly valued education and were determined to make sure I received the best education I possibly could. During my elementary school education years, the three gifted programs on the north side of Chicago were not accepting more students. As such, my parents sought out and I enrolled in the only other elementary school gifted program, Beasley Academic Center. For reference, we lived on the northwest side of Chicago and Beasley Academic Center is at 5000 S. State St. on the south side of Chicago. Every morning, my parents and I would leave our house at 5:30 AM and come home at approximately 5:30 PM due to the commute. I have always appreciated this experience as it made me aware of and understand the challenges of a community that was completely different from the one I lived in. Because of this experience and my life as well as work experiences since, I will always value the importance of education, take a wholistic approach to tackling the challenges we face as a state, support equitable education funding, criminal justice reform, and support other progressive social and economic justice policies that impact everyone, directly or indirectly.

Before marrying my mother and entering the insurance business, my father served as a Catholic priest in Chicago's black community at three different parishes. My mother had a similar background. She served as a Glenmary Catholic sister in Appalachia. My parents gave me their strong Catholic values of service, humility, and helping the less fortunate, and those core values are what drive my interest in public service.

As the President of Mt. Prospect School District 57 I have negotiated two contracts with our teachers' union. As a member of the Chicago Federation of Musicians I have served on committees for two contract negotiations with the producers that bring Broadway musicals to Chicago. My unique experience of sitting on both the management AND the employee side of contract negotiations gives me a unique perspective on resolving differences. It has reinforced my belief that the collective bargaining process is truly the best and most democratic way to reach agreement and fair contracts, when both parties respect the process and view the other side as equal partners. This benefits the taxpayers, all stakeholders, and the community as a whole. My experience has given me many of the skills I will need to work with Republicans to find common ground and forge solutions that will serve the best interest of our great state.

In late 2016, I won the Chicago Tribune Holiday Cookie Contest. I had taken early retirement and was thinking about opening a bakery, and I entered the contest with that in mind. Only two months later, I attended the Women's March in Washington, D.C., after which I became motivated by my new involvement with a local grassroots Indivisible group, We the People - Mt. Prospect Area, and I felt increasingly empowered to run for office. My bakery dreams will have to wait!

As crazy a I may act and sound my goal in life at this point is to make a difference not a friend. At times to make a difference people aren't happy. Because to make a difference, you have to make a change and people don't like change.

Many people don't know that since my mother's death 28 years ago, I have been the full-time caregiver for my 98-year-old uncle.

While in college I played bad guitar in a rock band. Our claim to fleeting fame was that we once opened for The Ramones. What a thrill, but suffice to say that of the two bands playing that night the Rock Hall of Fame inducted the right one.

I love animals and my wife and I are quietly huge supporters of animal causes, including support for no-kill shelters and stronger penalties for those who abuse or neglect animals. I am a strong advocate for the defenseless and vulnerable.

Parachuted (tandem) twice with my children when the boys turned 18.

I am the Marion County GOP Chairman. My brother, Sam, is the Massac County GOP Chairman. He is running for State Representative-118th District this year as well. We live 110 miles apart.

I love animals and my wife and I are quietly huge supporters of animal causes, including support for no-kill shelters and stronger penalties for those who abuse or neglect animals. I am a strong advocate for the defenseless and vulnerable.

Parachuted (tandem) twice with my children when the boys turned 18.

I am the Marion County GOP Chairman. My brother, Sam, is the Massac County GOP Chairman. He is running for State Representative-118th District this year as well. We live 110 miles apart.

Many have told me that they are surprised to learn about my diverse career background and my ability to bring those experiences together.

In college (U of I Champaign-Urbana) I cut hair in the dorms to make money to pay for my dorm room.

If the election were decided by who would win at World of Warcraft, I'd win easily.

I have traveled to Russia. When I was 18, I traveled to St. Petersburg with a youth delegation to help rebuild an orphanage for children with disabilities.

My favorite workout is a great boxing class!

If the election were decided by who would win at World of Warcraft, I'd win easily.

I have traveled to Russia. When I was 18, I traveled to St. Petersburg with a youth delegation to help rebuild an orphanage for children with disabilities.

My favorite workout is a great boxing class!

Many have told me that they are surprised to learn about my diverse career background and my ability to bring those experiences together.

My grandparents owned a farm and though I am 100% a city kid, I spent every summer during my childhood feeding pigs and milking cows.

My favorite spot in the city may surprise you. I love being with people, but sometimes, you will find me on a single kayak in the middle of Lake Michigan (three seasons- not in winter!). 35th Street harbor has kayaks- and I take one out onto the Lake and look at my great city- from the south side all the way up north. It is a beautiful skyline, but the beauty hides the deep challenges we face. Our city needs to support every community- every resident must be able to build a life.

I love to cook, especially making things from scratch, it's therapeutic for me.

I built biotecture (earthships) houses in Taos New Mexico

Baking is my therapy, and I take requests from colleagues for favorite treats during legislative session. Last session, my Republican colleague Avery Bourne and I circulated one of her favorite cookbooks around the chamber. We then baked the results along with my Springfield roommate, Jennifer Walling of the Illinois Environmental Council.

Robert was born in Little Village on the Southwest side of Chicago and moved to Berwyn in 2014 with his family. His parents immigrated to the United States from Mexico with the dream of making a better life for their family. They were often forced to work two jobs to make ends meet, and relied upon Robert's aunt, Carmen Ruiz, to play an active role in his upbringing. As a social worker for the Salvation Army, Carmen instilled in Robert an appreciation for the value of community involvement and a passion for public service.

Robert's family is deeply involved at St. Agnes of Bohemia, where he graduated from elementary school and then attended what is now Depaul College Prep. After working his way through the University of Illinois at Chicago with the help of scholarships and student loans, Robert began his work in community organizing. At the age of 20, he had a tremendous opportunity to travel to Los Angeles to help elect the city's first Latino mayor in modern history, Antonio Villaraigosa. Robert then traveled to Washington D.C., where he served in the office of Congressman Gutierrez and in Sen. Richard Durbin's district office.

Robert is the Vice President of Realty of Chicago — a Berwyn based Real Estate firm. He helped craft a vision for the company that not only focused on success but on giving back to the community. They recently held their 4thAnnual Back to School Supply Giveaway, where they helped more than 1,000 students get ready for school. They also held their 4th Annual Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway to help families in need, in addition to donating thousands of dollars in scholarships to undocumented local students. As a young father nothing is more important than the future of our state. He is part of the St. Leonard's family, his son currently goes to school there. Robert also volunteers for several non-profit youth organizations and coaches his son's Tee Ball Team in the Berwyn Park District.

Robert was born in Little Village on the Southwest side of Chicago and moved to Berwyn in 2014 with his family. His parents immigrated to the United States from Mexico with the dream of making a better life for their family. They were often forced to work two jobs to make ends meet, and relied upon Robert's aunt, Carmen Ruiz, to play an active role in his upbringing. As a social worker for the Salvation Army, Carmen instilled in Robert an appreciation for the value of community involvement and a passion for public service.

Robert's family is deeply involved at St. Agnes of Bohemia, where he graduated from elementary school and then attended what is now Depaul College Prep. After working his way through the University of Illinois at Chicago with the help of scholarships and student loans, Robert began his work in community organizing. At the age of 20, he had a tremendous opportunity to travel to Los Angeles to help elect the city's first Latino mayor in modern history, Antonio Villaraigosa. Robert then traveled to Washington D.C., where he served in the office of Congressman Gutierrez and in Sen. Richard Durbin's district office.

Robert is the Vice President of Realty of Chicago — a Berwyn based Real Estate firm. He helped craft a vision for the company that not only focused on success but on giving back to the community. They recently held their 4thAnnual Back to School Supply Giveaway, where they helped more than 1,000 students get ready for school. They also held their 4th Annual Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway to help families in need, in addition to donating thousands of dollars in scholarships to undocumented local students. As a young father nothing is more important than the future of our state. He is part of the St. Leonard's family, his son currently goes to school there. Robert also volunteers for several non-profit youth organizations and coaches his son's Tee Ball Team in the Berwyn Park District.

I have 6 children (3 boys & 3 girls).

I read two to three books a week of biography, history, literary fiction, and more.

I have 6 children (3 boys & 3 girls).

My goal is to have the most letters of any ballot name in state history :)

I love to skate

I play guitar and sign in a rock and roll band. Our band has played various shows throughout the area including the annual "Jeff Fest" where we have donated our pay to The National Veterans' Art Museum

I delivered my second daughter at home in a planned home-delivery forty minutes after I realized I was in labor and twenty minutes after the doctor arrived, surrounded by my husband, older daughter, and our "mid-dog" Jake. I spent eight weeks during the summer of 1972 on a Jesuit "mission" to Northern Ireland taking Catholic and Protestant children on holiday to get them out of the war-torn cities of Belfast and Derry for a brief respite from the "troubles." Two of the weeks were at Corrymeela, a peace and reconciliation center on Ireland's north shore, where leaders from throughout Ireland, Europe, and the world still come to meet and attempt to heal the fractures of our world.

I started the recycling program at the White House and within months it was replicated in all Federal Agencies . I played chess with Vladimir Putin when he was Deputy Mayor of St. Petersburg. No one can bag groceries as fast or as well as me. I have a "travel memory"- if I am on a route anywhere in the world- just once, I can find my way back easily.

Unsurprisingly, a lot of people have trouble spelling or pronouncing my name correctly. (Its pronounced pronounced CAND-is). But surprisingly (at least to most), like my name, I Can Dance and attended a performing arts high school.

I play guitar and sign in a rock and roll band. Our band has played various shows throughout the area including the annual "Jeff Fest" where we have donated our pay to The National Veterans' Art Museum

I trained with the Joffrey Ballet.

I am a vegetarian that loves the outdoors. I love kayaking, canoeing, and camping. One of the best parts about being a parent is teaching my kids about the environment and being outdoors with them. The kids and I love cicada carcasses.

I delivered my second daughter at home in a planned home-delivery forty minutes after I realized I was in labor and twenty minutes after the doctor arrived, surrounded by my husband, older daughter, and our "mid-dog" Jake. I spent eight weeks during the summer of 1972 on a Jesuit "mission" to Northern Ireland taking Catholic and Protestant children on holiday to get them out of the war-torn cities of Belfast and Derry for a brief respite from the "troubles." Two of the weeks were at Corrymeela, a peace and reconciliation center on Ireland's north shore, where leaders from throughout Ireland, Europe, and the world still come to meet and attempt to heal the fractures of our world.

I trained with the Joffrey Ballet.

I am a vegetarian that loves the outdoors. I love kayaking, canoeing, and camping. One of the best parts about being a parent is teaching my kids about the environment and being outdoors with them. The kids and I love cicada carcasses.

I started the recycling program at the White House and within months it was replicated in all Federal Agencies . I played chess with Vladimir Putin when he was Deputy Mayor of St. Petersburg. No one can bag groceries as fast or as well as me. I have a "travel memory"- if I am on a route anywhere in the world- just once, I can find my way back easily.

Unsurprisingly, a lot of people have trouble spelling or pronouncing my name correctly. (Its pronounced pronounced CAND-is). But surprisingly (at least to most), like my name, I Can Dance and attended a performing arts high school.

I was voted "Mr. Mustang" at St. Rita High School. This honor is given to those who show the most pride in his school.

I co-founded the state's first African-American owned and licensed brewery.

In high school, I assisted in an autopsy as a hospital intern.

I am a proud member of SAG-AFTRA, Chicago Local, and have been in two national TV commercials as well as a national web commercial. I have also done some voice over work and stage acting. I am a creative person and enjoy the performing and visual arts — Chicago is a great city for this!

Ordained minister

I enjoy entertaining and planning events for children in the community.

-In 2011, I opened the first African American owned beauty supply store on Chicago's westside. -I have visited 5 of the 7 continents. -I'm a true Chicagoan, having once lived on each side of the city (north, south, west)

I was voted "Mr. Mustang" at St. Rita High School. This honor is given to those who show the most pride in his school.

I joined the U.S. Army Reserve and went to Officer's Basic Training at age of 50. I was the oldest guy in camp. I also do kidney transplants at Christ Hospital.

At Queen of the World Grade School in St. Mary's Pennsylvania, I earned the title of 4th Grade Champion Jump Roper out nearly 45 girls. If we got the same group together again, I believe I'd still win.

I have been told that I am probably the only Marine Corps Veteran and Police Officer who has a Master's Degree in Latin American Literature.

I joined the U.S. Army Reserve and went to Officer's Basic Training at age of 50. I was the oldest guy in camp. I also do kidney transplants at Christ Hospital.

Was on the cover of Life magazine. Was on the Air Force Presidential Honor Guard when the US Hostages were release from IRAN. White House Ceremony and I was honored to be the USAF Flag bearer.

I have been told that I am probably the only Marine Corps Veteran and Police Officer who has a Master's Degree in Latin American Literature.

Was on the cover of Life magazine. Was on the Air Force Presidential Honor Guard when the US Hostages were release from IRAN. White House Ceremony and I was honored to be the USAF Flag bearer.

At Queen of the World Grade School in St. Mary's Pennsylvania, I earned the title of 4th Grade Champion Jump Roper out nearly 45 girls. If we got the same group together again, I believe I'd still win.

I was a National Merit Scholar at Marist High School.

I started writing poetry as a hobby in high school. I enjoy playing tennis to unwind.

I started writing poetry as a hobby in high school. I enjoy playing tennis to unwind.

My hobby is kickboxing!

In my youth, one of my hobbies was building 3D puzzles. I have included pictures for visual effects.

I am a four-time national powerlifting champion, and certified fitness trainer.

I am a four-time national powerlifting champion, and certified fitness trainer.

I have never been to Wrigley Field

I have never been to Wrigley Field

Inspired to run for office by president Obama's farewell address earlier this year. He said if you are unhappy with your elected officials, run for office yourself — and that is what I'm doing. Our local representatives have not been responsive to the needs of citizens, and our current representative has been impossible to reach. I want to be the elected official that people know my name, and feel like they can call me any time of day. When I was going door-to-door collecting signatures, I told everyone that I was not changing the phone number on my business card if I was elected.

Inspired to run for office by president Obama's farewell address earlier this year. He said if you are unhappy with your elected officials, run for office yourself — and that is what I'm doing. Our local representatives have not been responsive to the needs of citizens, and our current representative has been impossible to reach. I want to be the elected official that people know my name, and feel like they can call me any time of day. When I was going door-to-door collecting signatures, I told everyone that I was not changing the phone number on my business card if I was elected.

In my youth, one of my hobbies was building 3D puzzles. I have included pictures for visual effects.

This is my first time running for public office.

I served two years in the Peace Corps in the West African country of Mali. I speak Bambara (poorly, now) and traveled to Timbuktu during my time in country. In fact, I had dinner in Timbuktu at the Governor's mansion with the US Ambassador.

This is my first time running for public office.

I love to teach and help people, and I'm a bit of a safety nerd. I've taught older people who are afraid of the water how to swim. I've been a sailing instructor where students love/hate the "man-overboard" drill day. I teach yoga to help people calm their mind and mind their body. I teach all kinds of water based therapy for Seniors, and people with various diseases and disabilities. When I walk into a building I look for the AEDs.