Val Laymon

McLean County Board, District 7

Winner!

Val will continue to serve as the first out LGBTQ member of the McLean County Board!

Biography

In 2020, Val Laymon (she/her) became the first “out” member of the LGBTQIA+ community to serve on the McLean County Board in Illinois. As one of two representatives for District 7, she has pushed for more inclusive language in contracts and communications while serving on the Finance, Transportation, and Property Committees. She is a graduate of Illinois State University, where she studied English and Women’s Studies. During her time there, she was president of PRIDE and a member of the Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance. She credits her time at ISU for shaping her activism and passion for equality and access. She is a regular participant in marches and vigils for local non-discrimination ordinances, women’s reproductive rights, marriage equality, anti-gun violence, climate change awareness, and Black Lives Matters. Val is employed as a Senior Manager in Learning & Development where she creates, maintains, and facilitates curricula for all levels of the quick-casual restaurant company where she has been a leader for the last 17+ years. There, she is also part of several business resource groups and acts as a lead for the Multicultural Networking Group and Pride Alliance, which helps to foster an inclusive environment where all employees know they belong. Outside of work, she is an active leader in her inclusive faith community, the local Democratic party, and local environmental activism efforts. Alongside her wife Jean, she remains busy fostering a multitude of dogs through a local animal rescue and earning advanced scuba diving certifications. Val looks forward to earning the opportunity to continue fighting for a more equitable, sustainable, and accessible McLean County.

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