- Who is Toneal?
- Business Woman
- Public Servant
I have NEVER and I mean NEVER been into politics. Granted, I’ve voted since I was 18 – it was my civic duty, right? However, I never really understood why I was voting for the respective individuals other than the fact that they were Democrats. The way I was always (erroneously) taught was that poor and black or poor, black people vote Democratic; rich, white people vote Republican. Perhaps more was said and I just caught the cliff notes, but in either case, for most of my adult life, I was misinformed and uneducated. I had no clue what the candidates stood for; if I’m truthful, I didn’t really know what the democratic party believed. I just voted the way I was taught.
It wasn’t until 2020, while doing research for one of my social media broadcasts, that I discovered the Green Party. I’m a little embarrassed to admit that I had never even heard of the Green Party. However, once I read about them and their beliefs, I immediately decided that if I was going to support a political party, it would be the Greens. After all, their core values align with my own; the fact that they are independent was just icing on the cake!
In December 2021, they endorsed me to run for Commissioner of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District. A couple months later, I was appointed to serve as the new chair of the Cook County Green Party. Even with these titles and responsibilities, I still don’t consider myself a politician – more like a public servant whose job is to help keep the people informed!
If you desire to learn more about the Green Party, visit: www.ilgp.org