Covert champions diversity and inclusion in DuPage County
Sadia Covert says she ran for the DuPage County Board at the request of a number of individuals.
“I decided to run for DuPage County Board. I felt that I could contribute my skills and expertise to a broader group of constituents,” Covert told the DuPage Journal.
Since being elected a county board member, “I have co-authored the new amended Hate Crime Law in Illinois (and) founded a nonprofit organization that unites communities together through educating the public about diverse groups of people,” Covert said.
“I am a state-certified police instructor and have trained thousands of law enforcement officials in diversity and hate crimes. I have also spoken at the United Nations about violence against Women, last March, after serving on the Board of Family Support Services and working with survivors of domestic abuse.”
Covert sees an opportunity to do more for DuPage County.
“I would like to broaden my work and include more people within the group that I help,” Covert said. “This includes the business community, labor unions, senior citizens and the disabled.”
Covert sits on the Economic Development, Development, Legislative, Judicial Police Safety, Stormwater Management, Ad Hoc Collective Bargaining and Finance committees.
“DuPage County is the second-largest county in Illinois, and we have been doing very well, especially on a tight budget. I would like to see my county continue to be exemplary for other counties,” she said. “But in order to do that, we need to keep our county and our people united. We need to focus on relevant issues that directly affect our constituents or our county government.”
Covert said she hopes to implement some new measures to make her constituents feel heard and connected.
“As the chair of the Strategic Planning Committee, I suggested that we add in an additional imperative of diversity and Inclusion so we can draw in more people to our county. We can also attract newer businesses to our county through this imperative,” Covert said. “I would also like the committees to not just manage the money that we already have but make an effort to start thinking about creative and innovative ways to generate more revenue.”