|Illinois House of Representatives, District 96|
|High school||Springfield High School|
|Bachelor's||University of Illinois at Springfield|
|Master's||University of Illinois at Springfield|
|Place of birth||Springfield, Il|
|Profession||Small business owner|
Lathan earned her B.A. in Child, Family and Community Services from the University of Illinois at Springfield and her Master's of Public Health from the University of Illinois at Springfield. She completed coursework at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, PhD Program in Community Health with a specialization in Program Evaluation and Public Policy.
Her professional experience includes working for the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and owning a small business that provides project management and program evaluation services to public and medical health and human services program in Illinois.
In an interview with the Capital City Courier, Lathan said that she is running for office for the following reasons:
- Excerpt: "I am running for state representative to work towards the improvement of the quality of life for the people of the 96th District. As a friend, family member and vested community member to the 96th District, I know firsthand how significant pockets of unemployment and limited growth in small business contribute to poor health outcomes, overburdened school systems, high rates of violence and other crimes, limited social support for youth and seniors, overwhelming stress and burden on families and exorbitant associated cost to the state. There is a tremendous need to revitalize communities throughout the 96th District. Decatur has the highest unemployment rate in the state of Illinois, East Springfield and Christian County has a great need for commercial redevelopment and throughout the district there is a need to increase employment opportunities."
Elections for the office of Illinois House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election took place March 18, 2014. The general election will take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was December 2, 2013. Incumbent Sue Scherer defeated Gina Lathan in the Democratic primary, while Michael B. Bell defeated Landon Laubhan in the Republican primary. Scherer will face Bell in the general election.
|Illinois House of Representatives, District 96 Democratic Primary, 2014|
|Sue Scherer Incumbent||51.8%||2,699|
|Illinois House of Representatives, District 96 Republican Primary, 2014|
|Michael B. Bell||75.8%||3,963|
In 2014, Lathan's endorsements include the following:
- The Illinois Observer
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- capitalcitycourier.org, "Gina Lathan," accessed February 19, 2014
- Illinois Secretary of State, "Official candidate list," accessed March 18, 2014
- Illinois Board of Elections, "General Primary Election Official Canvass," April 18, 2014
- Illinois Secretary of State, "Official general election candidate list," accessed March 18, 2014
- www.illinoisobserver.net, "Illinois House and Senate 2014 Primary Endorsements Part II,” accessed February 19, 2014
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