Mary Gay Scanlon’s advocacy journey began while a student at the University of Pennsylvania Law school, when she began volunteering at People’s Emergency Center, a homeless shelter for families founded by former Congressman Bob Edgar. Upon graduating, she represented abused and neglected children with the Support Center for Child Advocates, and has since served as a board member for numerous legal services agencies.
As an election protection lawyer and co-chair of the Voting Rights Task Force of the Association of Pro Bono Counsel, Mary Gay has trained and mobilized attorneys to combat voter suppression tactics. In addition to fighting gerrymandering and strict voter ID laws, her nationally-recognized pro bono program helped to pass a ballot initiative that resulted in Maine’s 2016 adoption of ranked choice voting, which gave voters more say in who they elect. Mary Gay believes that the way in which we finance our elections need to change, which is why she will support and prioritize campaign finance reform when elected.
Candidate for Illinois' 9th Congressional District