Val will be the first out LGBTQ member of the McLean County Board
Val Laymon is a graduate of Illinois State University, where she studied English and Women’s Studies. As a Redbird she was the President of PRIDE and a member of the Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance. She credits the time spent at ISU for shaping her activist mindset and passion for equality and access for all. This passion carried her into participating in movements and marches for local non-discrimination ordinances, women’s reproductive rights, marriage equality, an end to gun violence, climate change awareness, and most recently in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. It is the amalgamation of these events that prompted her to step up this election cycle and ensure her constituents would be represented on the ballot in November. Val has worked for the same quick-casual restaurant company for the last 15 years, beginning as a retail hourly worker, moving into management, market training, and now in corporate learning & development. Here she has learned the value of listening to learn and making space to lift up all voices. Val is an active leader in her inclusive faith community, the local Democratic party, and as an Election Judge. Alongside her wife Jean, she has kept busy by fostering dozens of dogs through a local animal rescue. As a candidate for the McLean County Board District 7, Val is looking forward to positively impact her community by increasing and improving sustainability, equity, and engagement.