Rita Mayfield: Candidate Profile

60th State House District (Democrat)

  • Rita Mayfield, running for 60th State House District

    Rita Mayfield, running for 60th State House District

Updated 10/13/2016 1:10 PM

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City: Waukegan

Website: www.voteritamayfield.com

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60th State House District

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Family: married, two children, Ruben and Iyana

Occupation: State Representative

Education: MS Management and Org Behavior with emp in Org Development

MBA candidate

Civic involvement: Current 60th District State Representative

Former Vice President Waukegan Board of Education

Vice President Harbor Lites Chapter of the Links, Inc.

Exchange Club of North Chicago

Elected offices held: Current 60th District State Representative

Former Vice President Waukegan Board of Education

Questions & Answers

What needs to be done structurally to make the legislature more effective? Will you vote for your current legislative leader? What is your position on term limits in general and specifically for legislative leaders? Do you support the ongoing drive for a constitutional amendment on redistricting? What will you do to promote implementation of any changes you recommend?

I support term limits at every level: local, county, state and federal.

I would support one law that will allow for changes to redistricting at all levels: local, county, state and federal


Would you vote for an increase in state income taxes or sales taxes? Would you vote for new taxes, such as on services? What is your position on a graduated income tax?

I support graduated income tax but more discussion is needed in regard to tax levels and how and when increases can be implemented.

I would prefer not to vote on a tax increase until we have addressed inefficiencies at the state level

What changes, if any, do you support in education and education funding in Illinois? Please be specific.

I support a more equitable funding formula that takes into consideration high poverty/high minority districts

On Illinois' budget, specifically, where do you believe cuts need to be made?

At the department level -- we are too top heavy

consolidate comptroller and treasurer office, eliminate lieutenant governor position, eliminate all paid commission and board pay

get rid of non essentials such as company cars and airplanes

What approach do you support toward fixing the public pension systems?

We got into this situation by not making our required contributions, this cannot continue. Payments need to be made and more discussion is needed on how to sufficiently fund and where do we cut off any new annuitants. T

What other issues, if any, are important to you as a candidate for this office?

Providing sufficient services to our women, children, seniors, veterans and disabled populations.

Please name one current leader who most inspires you.

Joanna Gaines...all you need is an open mind

What is the biggest lesson you learned at home growing up?

Mom is always right

If life gave you one do-over, what would you spend it on?

I would have had more children

What was your favorite subject in school and how did it help you in later life?

Math. I wouldn't have survived Masters level economics without it.

If you could give your children only one piece of advice, what would it be?

Life is too short to be unhappy, live outloud