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Gina Lathan
Candidate for
Illinois House of Representatives, District 96
High schoolSpringfield High School
Bachelor'sUniversity of Illinois at Springfield
Master'sUniversity of Illinois at Springfield
Place of birthSpringfield, Il
ProfessionSmall business owner
Gina Lathan was a 2014 Democratic candidate for District 96 of the Illinois House of Representatives.


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.[1]


Campaign themes


In an interview with the Capital City Courier, Lathan said that she is running for office for the following reasons:[1]

  • 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."



See also: Illinois House of Representatives elections, 2014

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.[2][3][4]



In 2014, Lathan's endorsements include the following:[5]

  • The Illinois Observer

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