Reflecting on my time in public office

Paula Yensen campaigns for the ERA in 1981As a young woman, I was a committed activist and every politician’s worst nightmare. I never imagined that one day I would run for office myself. I was more comfortable shaking a picket sign than shaking hands with voters. 

But in 2001, I ran for Village Trustee in Lake in the Hills. I won that race, placing first in a field of seven candidates. Since then I have won two more elections for Village Board and four elections for County Board. My success would have been impossible without my supporters and friends. Together, we really have made a difference.

My victory last month signals the beginning of my final two-year term on the County Board. You can be assured, however, that I will continue to work hard in the time I have left. I will also do what I can to support the next generation in their fight to make America a more perfect union.

I want to thank my friends for their loyalty and support over the years. I want you to know how much I appreciate your friendship. I also want to thank the voters for allowing me to serve you for the past 19 years. It has truly been an honor.

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