Anne Stava-Murray did not arrive quietly on the political scene, and now that she’s here, she isn’t following anyone’s playbook but her own. The 81st District state representative was inspired by the inaugural Women’s March, became a grass-roots activist in her hometown of Naperville, won an election in November as a Democrat in a district she says was drawn to favor Republicans, and then announced before even taking office that she will run for the U.S. Senate seat held by Dick Durbin. Stava-Murray, 32, almost immediately became a political lightning rod when she said online that Naperville has a “history of white supremacist policies.” As she stood by her words — which led one city council member to call for her resignation — she turned what originated as a social media post into an animated discussion about racial inequalities.The freshman Democrat did not vote in favor of House Speaker Michael Madigan — she voted “present” — and now says she has a plan both to challenge his power and to address the culture of sexual harassment she says he has allowed to perpetuate.Stava-Murray has been called a “disrupter” by some and a “natural leader” by others. Her fiery rhetoric has… Read full this story
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