Paula A. Basta

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Paula A. Basta
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Candidate for
Illinois House of Representatives District 14
Bachelor'sUniversity of Dayton
Master'sMcCormick Theological Seminary (1989)
Place of birthCleveland, Ohio
Personal website
Campaign website
Paula A. Basta was a 2012 Democratic candidate for District 14 of the Illinois House of Representatives.


Campaign themes


Basta's campaign website listed the following issues:[1]

  • Seniors
Excerpt: "Paula began her career as a social worker at Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly in Chicago and later as the parish social worker for St. Clements Parish in Lincoln Park."
  • LGBT Issues
Excerpt: "Paula is a long term and dedicated advocate for the LGBT community."
  • Economic Development & Small Businesses
Excerpt: "Paula supports the small business districts in our community and continually reaches out to hear about the local business environment, the challenges and potential opportunities for the area."
  • Public Safety & Gun Control
Excerpt: "Working with her community CAPS program, Paula Basta makes public safety a priority. As State Representative, Paula would be a leading advocate to reduce gun violence with common-sense legislation."
  • Education
Excerpt: "Paula understands the importance that receiving a quality education plays in the development of a child’s life. Paula will fight for funding for Chicago Public Schools, advocating reduced class sizes, retaining quality teachers, and adding vital programs for students."
  • Healthcare
Excerpt: "Paula will work to expand vital healthcare services statewide and will work for better funding and expansion of services. These efforts will lead to improved healthcare services for women."
  • State Budget
Excerpt: "Springfield settled on steep budget cuts for the current fiscal year."
  • Ethics & Campaign Finance Reform
Excerpt: "Paula believes in open, efficient and transparent government, free of the influences of corruption stemming from campaign donations."



See also: Illinois House of Representatives elections, 2012

Basta ran in the 2012 election for Illinois House of Representatives District 14. Basta was defeated by incumbent Kelly Cassidy in the Democratic primary on March 20, 2012.[2][3]

Illinois House of Representatives, District 14 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngKelly Cassidy Incumbent 62.3% 6,163
Paula A. Basta 37.7% 3,732
Total Votes 9,895

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