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ABOUT ARAD

Arad Boxenbaum

Passionate About Inspiring Others

Arad Boxenbaum is running for State Representative, 83rd District in the March 19th, 2024 Democratic Primary. He is a long-time activist and advocate for gun violence prevention, pro-choice, and pro-LGBTQ+ equality efforts in the Chicagoland area. He has worked for and with four members of Congress and serves as Vice President of the Geneva Library Board.

Education

Arad is a graduate of DePaul University with a degree in Political Science and a double minor in History and Public Policy.

Qualifications

Arad has over 7 years' experience in politics and government, including serving as a campaign manager or field organizer for several successful political campaigns. He has also worked in non-profits and advocacy organizations - helping them develop and implement effective advocacy strategies. Arad is a skilled communicator and organizer, with a proven track record of building successful coalitions and mobilizing grassroots support.

"I’ve been stepping up and leading our community outside of Springfield, and you can count on me to continue to do so in Springfield."

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Arad's Roots & His Vision for The Future

Being the son of an immigrant and the grandson and great-grandson of refugees, Arad has always felt a need to give back to society. He loves the Fox Valley community and is honored to serve on the Geneva Library Board, where he recently developed and implemented an overhaul of the library’s diversity, equity, and inclusion policies. Being elected to the Library Board at 19, his age has never served as an obstacle. In fact, it’s been his greatest strength. We need leaders with a direct stake in the future. 

Passionate About Gun Violence Prevention

Arad was in state leadership for Moms Demand Action’s Illinois chapter, serving as a liaison with Students Demand Action. They worked to organize a robust advocacy plan that culminated in hundreds of Moms Demand Action volunteers showing up to Springfield to lobby their elected leaders on three bills needed to keep our streets safe from gun violence. Outside of gun violence prevention, Arad has also been named to the Kane County Climate Action Planning Team and looks forward to playing a role in moving the county towards effective climate action that preserves our community for generations to come.

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Experience

Arad has worked for and with four members of Congress:

  • Field Organizer for Congressman Bill Foster, engaging with Kane County residents

  • Youth Representative on Congresswoman Lauren Underwood’s Education Advisory Committee

  • Constituent services in Congressman Mike Quigley’s office

  • Working to re-elect Brad Schneider as a Tenth District Democrats intern

 

"With our state and country at a crossroads, we need fresh, selfless leaders who truly care about our community. You can count on me to stand up for common sense gun violence prevention and work to protect the right to choose, LGBTQ+ rights and our climate. Please join me and let’s get to work!"
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