Great communities don’t happen by accident. They are built by people who are invested in their success.
Rachael is an Illinois native, born and raised in Rock Island. She earned two engineering degrees from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Florida while competing in soccer and tennis.
After grad school, Rachael worked for the Department of Defense as a Systems Engineer, supporting Navy and Marine Corps acquisition programs in Virginia. She returned to Illinois to live closer to family and now works as a User Experience Researcher at State Farm. Rachael knew right away that Bloomington-Normal was the place she wanted to call home. She is committed to building upon community strengths and using her professional expertise to increase efficiency, accountability, and accessibility in local government. In her spare time, Rachael enjoys hiking with her dog, Diefenbaker.
A note from Rachael: Why I’m Running
Hello! My name is Rachael Lund and I am running for McLean County Board because it is time to elect a new generation of leadership. The Board needs a fundamental mindset change before making decisions that will impact our community for generations to come. I am the candidate best suited to represent the long-term interests of the people in District 5 and I am committed to investing my time and talents to make McLean County an even better place to live for everyone.
Recent events make this race even more important than when I announced my candidacy in late 2019.
COVID-19 is a serious threat to public health and safety and to our local economy. The impacts of the virus will be felt for a long time. We’ve learned that we can’t solve new problems with old ideas, which is why it is important to elect people who are eager to innovate. A lack of leadership on the County Board has shown us the importance of making decisions that are data-driven and communicated in a timely manner.
Black lives matter. The voices of black and brown people in our community not only need to be heard, but also better represented in County government. I am running for office to help make that a reality and to make our government more equitable, inclusive, and accountable to the public. Once elected, I will actively seek out input from people of color in District 5.
I believe in:
Central Illinois has some of the most beautiful and productive farmland in the country which is why we have a responsibility to be good stewards of our environment. I will work to identify ways to improve the County’s energy efficiency, including the development of wind and solar farms to create sustainable and independent energy sources that benefit our local economy.
I support workers’ right to organize and to be paid wages reflective of the training and education they have invested in their career. Health and safety protections should be strengthened so that workers can return home safely at the end of the day. I will also advocate for the use of Project Labor Agreements where possible, to ensure money stays in our local economy.
Working in the federal government taught me how important it is to make decisions that are in the best interest of taxpayers. I support a change to the County Board rules which would require contracts be presented in regular committee meetings instead of the abbreviated stand-up meetings. This will give Board members time to thoroughly review the contract language and negotiate better terms and conditions on behalf of taxpayers.
District lines are going to be redrawn after the 2020 Census and I support drawing fair maps, no matter which political party holds a majority on the Board. This decision will shape the political and economic landscape of McLean County for at least the next 10 years.
Transparency & Accessibility
Government works best when more people are able to participate. County Board meetings must be more open, transparent, and accessible to the general public. We can achieve this by:
- Live streaming all County meetings, even after the pandemic is over.
- Creating a voting record for all Board members.
- Increasing communication through social media.
- Removing the 24-hour notice requirement for public comments.
- Re-designing the County website to make it more user-friendly.