Mara Candelaria Reardon

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Mara Candelaria Reardon
Member of the Indiana House of Representatives
from the 12th district
In office
2007 - present
Succeeded by William Fine
Personal details
Born East Chicago, Indiana
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Matthew
Residence Munster, Indiana
Alma mater Indiana University
Occupation Legislator

Mara Candelaria Reardon is a member of the Indiana House of Representatives, representing the 12th District from 2007 - 2015, and then 2017 to present. Candelaria Reardon is a member of the Democratic Party. She was first elected in 2006 and re-elected every election until she was defeated in the 2014 general election by William Fine. In turn, Mara Candelaria Reardon won against William (Bill) Fine in the 12 district general election in 2016.


Mara Candelaria Reardon was born in East Chicago, Indiana. She is the daughter of Isabelino "Cande" Candelaria, the first Puerto Rican appointed to a city council in Indiana, and Victoria Soto Candelaria, the first Latina elected as President of the Indiana Federation of Teachers.[1] She graduated Munster High School in Munster, Indiana in 1982 and attended Indiana University Northwest for her undergraduate degree, before attending John Marshall School of Law in Chicago for her Juris Doctorate.

Tenure & Political Positions[edit]

Reardon served as executive director of Lake County's Drug Free Alliance. Mara has served on the Ways & Means, Education, Environmental, Governmental/Regulatory Reform, and Small Business/Economic Development Committees, specializing in budget and fiscal issues.

Additionally, she has served as a commissioner for the Indiana Commission for Women, Market Development Recycling Board, Minority & Women's Business Enterprise Commission, Hispanic/Latino Affairs Commission, and the Indiana Commission to Combat Substance Abuse.

She and her husband are also principals at MCR Partners, Ltd., a consulting firm which specializes in Development, Government Affairs, and Economic Development Finance.

She is the vice chair of the Board of Hispanic Caucus Chairs (BHCC), and serves on the National Association of Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Education Fund Board of Directors, is a member of the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators (NHCSL), and the Indiana Black Legislative Caucus (IBLC).[2]

Candelaria Reardon has been endorsed by the Indiana AFL-CIO in every election since 2006, and has consistently received ratings between 75% and 100% from them. She has been given very low scores by the NRA, but roughly 50-50 ratings from the Indiana Chamber of Commerce. She was also endorsed by the Indiana Fraternal Order of Police, the ACLU, and United Steel Workers in multiple elections.

Candelaria Reardon has generally been a supporter of stricter environmental and labor regulations, reater public education funding, public transit funding, stricter gun regulations, public works projects, property tax caps, tobacco taxes, and permitting Sunday alcohol sales. Candelaria Reardon has been a supporter of the West Lake Corridor Project to build a branch line for the South Shore Line railroad from Hammond through Munster, and eventually to St. John, with the goal of expanding commuter rail service in Northwest Indiana and relieving traffic congestion. Reardon has advocated for greater funding for drug addiction treatment and legalizing medical marijuana[3]

She has generally opposed cuts to public education funding, limits on collective bargaining, cuts to unemployment insurance programs, repealing Common Core education standards, and directing state funding to private charter schools.[4]


  1. ^ "VISCLOSKY HONORS REPRESENTATIVE MARA CANDELARIA REARDON". U.S Congressman Peter J. Viscloskey. Retrieved 17 March 2018. 
  2. ^ "Rep. Mara Candelaria Reardon". Indiana House Democratic Caucus. Indiana Democratic Party. Retrieved 17 March 2018. 
  3. ^ "Mara Candelaria Reardon". The Times of Northwest Indiana. Retrieved 29 April 2018. 
  4. ^ "Mara Candelaria Reardon's Political Summary". VoteSmart. Retrieved 17 March 2018. 

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