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Teresa Beverly

 Teresa Beverly is currently the Executive Assistant at the GrandWorks Foundation. At age 34, she is a lifelong resident of Urbana and lives here with her family. Teresa began her working career at age 19 at Rittal Corp. Over the course of 11 years she held multiple management positions and took courses to further her education in management and facilitation skills.

Upon leaving the manufacturing world, she decided to take on the role of stay at home mom for her family. During that time she found a love for volunteer and service work. She participated in Project MORE, a reading program for children in elementary school. She volunteered at local animal shelters and used these opportunities to teach her children the importance of serving their community.

Why I am Running for City Council

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After seeing the Urbana Wins platform, I knew it was time to get involved. I’m proud to be a part of this community, and I think local government should reflect the great diversity of the population. That’s why I’m running for City Council at-large (to fill the unexpired term of Tony Pena who is resigning). I’m excited to be a part of the Urbana Wins movement.

My position at the GrandWorks Foundation has given me a unique view of our community. I’ve seen this community rally together to fundraise for restoration, volunteer, and choose to shop local.

Throughout my life, I’ve seen many examples that show what an essential part wages can play in quality of life. Coming from a lower middle-class family, I saw the struggle my family faced to provide for my sister and I. While a single mother, I saw how even the smallest raise in my wages could better my daughter’s life. When working in the manufacturing world, I saw the difference wages make in the turn over and quality of my employees and peers.

The Urbana Wins movement is our chance to come together and win again. It is our chance to make lasting changes for our future and see our local government represent each and every one of us.

I know that together, we can help Urbana win again!

- Teresa Beverly, Candidate for City Council at-large to fill the unexpired term of Tony Pena