Parekh would be first Asian-American the Board

Lake County, IL -- Today Democrat Paras Parekh announced his candidacy for the Lake County Board, District 12. 

“I am committed to priorities that are on everyone's mind--lower property taxes, a focus on the environment and preserving our wetlands, and a government that works for all of us, not just the well-connected. In 2018, Democrats took back control of the County Board. Since then we have made a great deal of progress, but need new leadership to continue to make meaningful changes in the lives of Lake County residents. In these turbulent times we need to elect people who bring us together rather than tearing us apart. For 25 years I’ve committed myself to electing local, state, and national Democatic candidates who believe in just that. I’m excited to take that experience and forge a new path for Lake County.”

Alyson Fieger, Democratic Township Supervisor of West Deerfield Township, added, “I’m very excited to see Paras run for this position. I've worked closely with him in his role as Trustee, and I know what he can do next for us. It's time for new principled leadership on the Lake County Board.”

A lifelong Democrat, Parekh began his political career as a field organizer before serving progressive Congresswoman Lynn Rivers in her Washington, D.C. office. Later, Parekh served as a Planning Commissioner in his hometown of Ann Arbor, Michigan. After moving to Illinois in 2002, Parekh involved himself in local Democratic politics, and in 2017 was elected as a Trustee for West Deerfield Township, a region that includes areas of Bannockburn, Deerfield, Highland, Lake Forest, and Lincolnshire. Parekh lives with his wife and two children in Highland Park. If elected, Parekh would be the first-ever Asian-American Lake County Board Member.

Paid For By Friends For Paras. A copy of our report filed with the State Board of Elections is (or will be) available on the Board’s official website ( or for purchase from the State Board of Elections, Springfield, Illinois