Justin Sorensen: Candidate Profile

Palatine Twp. Committeeman (Democrat)

  • Justin Sorensen, running for Palatine Twp. Committeeman

    Justin Sorensen, running for Palatine Twp. Committeeman

 
Updated 2/14/2014 10:43 PM

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Bio

City: Palatine

Website: http://www.electjustinsorensen.com/

Office sought:

Palatine Twp. Committeeman

Age: Candidate did not respond.

Family: The son of a District 15 Assistant Principal and a local plant manager, Justin was born and raised in Palatine. He has lived in the Township his entire life.

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Occupation: Risk Management Consulting at Aon Global Risk Consulting

Education: He received his B.B.A. in Economics and his B.A. in Political Science from Loyola University Chicago. He also has a Master's Degree in Organization Leadership and Change Management and attended the London School of Economics and Political Science to study corporate management and economics. Justin is also a graduate of St. Theresa School in Palatine and Palatine High School.

Civic involvement: Justin has been involved in several voter registration and get out the vote initiatives. He was involved in the first successful District 211 education fund referendum in 40 years and has supported several LGBT initiatives including fundraising and advocating for civil unions and marriage equality in the State of IL.

Elected offices held: Candidate did not respond.

Have you ever been arrested for or convicted of a crime? If yes, please explain: No

Questions & Answers

Why are you running for this office? Is there a particular issue that motivates you, and if so, what is that?

I believe that this township is over represented by the Republican Party. Palatine has a large Democratic population and the population of Independent voters has been increasing in recent years. Yet Republican candidates continue to win the majority of seats in the Township. In fact, in recent years and under current Democratic Township leadership, we have lost incumbent Democrats and allowed a Republican who compares legal same-sex marriage to laws allowing for polygamy and marriage between underage children and adults to easily win one of our districts. The Republican Party has a very effective Township organization and their efforts far surpass Democratic efforts in the Township. As a community, this Township needs Democratic Party leadership that can effectively communicate the Democratic agenda, raise community awareness, identify qualified Democratic candidates, and get more Democratic voters to the polls.

What differentiates you most from your opponents in the race?

I am interested in building a stronger and more effective Democratic organization in this Township. I believe that we can accomplish this through party unity, the identification of strong candidates, the promotion of our agenda and issues, and by better engaging the community and residents of the Township.

Finally, is there anything we haven't asked about that you feel we should know?

Candidate did not respond.