Update: we have surpassed our FIRST goal of raising $500. Can you help us reach $1,000?

A note from Cynthia:

After graduating from Carmi-White County High School '99, Wabash Valley College '02, and Southeastern Illinois College '07, I decided to open a small business in Olney.

I want to be your state representative, and I will fight every day to keep our region competitive. I know we can do so much more than just get by. As a region and as a state: we need to get ahead, stay ahead, and stand out.

  • As a fourth-generation small business owner, I understand the need for economic diversity in our area. We must work to keep small and medium businesses growing (and welcome new ones). 
  • As a volunteer, I understand the need for everyone to work together. No single person (or group) can improve southeastern Illinois without listening to his or her neighbors. I sincerely believe in compromise, communication, and community. 
  • As an aunt of three children enrolled in Illinois public schools, I understand the need to fully fund public education. We've got to start prioritizing education as an investment (not merely an expense). 

This is a true grassroots campaign (we do not have big money, but we have big goals!). Individual donors are already helping us connect with thousands of people in southeastern Illinois. We can unite even more people with your help. 

  • Your pledge will help everyone work TOGETHER to bring opportunities to southeastern Illinois and new leadership to Springfield. 
  • To be clear, when I say everyone... I mean everyone. We have no Republican highways or Democrat hospitals. We share a number of common goals. I know that we can achieve those goals when we work together. -Cynthia

My family has called southeastern Illinois home for generations. Our roots run deep and cover most of the district! My father is a retired AFSCME employee (Lawrence Correctional Center) and lives in White County with my step-mother. My paternal grandparents were born and raised in Edwards and White counties. My sister graduated from the Frontier Community College nursing program. All three of my sister's children attend public school in our district. My mother works with me at the family business in Richland County. My step-brother and step-sister live and work in southern Illinois, too. We believe our district is a great place to live and work. 

If you live, learn, and earn in our district, you probably already know how small of a world it really is! If we have not met yet, please connect with me on Facebook and share your vision for southeastern Illinois: elect@cynthiagiven.com

  • Check your spam folder! You will receive an important update after you pledge (supporters receive an email regardless of pledge size). Whether it's $5 or $500... your pledge will help us unite voters and let our voice be heard in Springfield.

District 109 includes all of White, Richland, Clay, Edwards, Jasper, Wabash, Wayne and parts of Effingham and Lawrence Counties. 

  • Cynthia believes in operating Illinois on a balanced budget. It will take a tremendous effort to reach that goal, and she is very interested in hearing your ideas.

Paid for by Friends of Cynthia Given, PO Box 182, Olney, IL 62450-0182. A copy of our report filed with the State Board of Elections is (or will be) available on the board’s official website, www.elections.il.gov, or for purchase from the Illinois State Board of Elections, Springfield, IL.


Show your support for this campaign by endorsing it and sharing why!

  • Danielle Omo endorsed

    “She is a small business owner and understands what it means to work hard. She is ethical and truly cares about people.”

  • Ryan Millsap endorsed

    “We know Cynthia will fight to move Illinois forward. Her outgoing attitude and understanding of the issues make her the candidate for the job. I'll go door to door for Cynthia.”

  • Cheri Kay endorsed

    “I know she will work hard for the people of Illinois and the 109th district!”

  • David Schwartz endorsed

    “The Republicans have caused enough mess in Springfield by withholding support from progressive causes.”

December 4, 2017

Looking forward (2018 preview)

Great news, friend! 

The Illinois State Board of Elections accepted our petitions to to run for state representative. 

Together: we filed hundreds of signatures from all nine counties in District 109. I am proud of every volunteer for endorsing, donating, social sharing, and offering moral support. And I especially thank every single volunteer who circulated a petition to help me get on the ballot. 

Thank you. Expect another update soon... we need all boots on the ground next spring! -Cynthia

Connect with us on social media: CynthiaGiven.com

Paid for by Friends of Cynthia Given, PO Box 182, Olney, IL 62450-0182. A copy of our report filed with the State Board of Elections is (or will be) available on the board’s official website, www.elections.il.gov, or for purchase from the Illinois State Board of Elections, Springfield, IL.

June 27, 2017

It's (almost) official... thanks to you!

Hello, friend. I have great news!

While I've been listening to voters, attending trainings, and celebrating my birthday (!) this month, I've also set up a PO Box, a fundraising account, and I'm planning my official announcement.

Friends of Cynthia Given
PO Box 128
Olney, IL 62450-0128

If you've already pledged: thank you. I think it's fantastic that you are choosing to work TOGETHER to bring opportunities and new leadership to southeastern Illinois. I'll be in touch soon.

-Cindy
CynthiaGiven.com

PS If you're local, let's get together! Send me a message, and let's keep in touch: Insta FB Twitter

May 27, 2017

Campaign created!

Show your support for this campaign by endorsing it and sharing why!

  • Danielle Omo endorsed

    “She is a small business owner and understands what it means to work hard. She is ethical and truly cares about people.”

  • Ryan Millsap endorsed

    “We know Cynthia will fight to move Illinois forward. Her outgoing attitude and understanding of the issues make her the candidate for the job. I'll go door to door for Cynthia.”

  • Cheri Kay endorsed

    “I know she will work hard for the people of Illinois and the 109th district!”

  • David Schwartz endorsed

    “The Republicans have caused enough mess in Springfield by withholding support from progressive causes.”

  • David Siebert endorsed

  • Aaron Sanders endorsed

  • Meleka M McGee endorsed