MARCI SUELZER decided to run for State Representative when she realized someone who is hostile towards the LGBTQ+ community, women's rights, and non-Christian religions was running unopposed and--unless she took action--was going to represent her. She felt she had "no choice but to run." She's dedicated to every constituent, and wants to make sure everyone in IL District 52 gets their questions, concerns, and their voices heard.
Also crucial to her decision to run is her firm belief that it is possible to balance human dignity and fiscal responsibility.
"My business expertise, legal training and knowledge, and my counseling skills make me uniquely qualified to bring this balance to Springfield."
Growing up in Germany and Washington D.C., Marci learned early on to respect and value diversity. After graduating from the University of Mary Washington, she moved to Chicago to attend graduate school at The University of Chicago and, then, law school at DePaul University College of Law. After practicing law in the city, Marci moved to the northwestern suburbs to work at a legal publishing company when she married and started her family.
As an editorial manager, she handled large-scale budgets of millions of dollars and dealt with the real world of cutting costs and meeting revenue targets. Marci is currently a Senior Manager of Strategy for a major legal services provider. She's had more than three decades of experience in leading teams, managing budgets, and problem-solving.
In 2010, Marci went back to graduate school to train as a mental health counselor so she could make a difference in people's lives. She graduated magna cum laude from Trinity International University with a M.A. in Mental Health Counseling and is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She worked part-time for a number of years in a community mental health agency and serves as an adjunct professor of crisis and trauma counseling at a local university.
Her son and two daughters are grown with homes of their own. (COVID-19 prevented her son, who lives in California, from being in the photo above.) Marci and her husband continue to live in Island Lake, where they've lived for 33 years. They currently share their home with two spoiled cats: Molly and Wombat.