Katie Dold White combines motherhood with politics
At Kenilworth Beach, Katie Dold White of Kenilworth is a busy mom. From left, Keyler, 10, Duncan, 6, and Henry, 9, are my three sons. | Karie Angell Luc~for Sun-Times Media
Updated: August 28, 2012 9:00AM
KENILWORTH — Katie Dold White of Kenilworth stood on sandy shoreline, typical stomping grounds for a busy mom of three.
“We love to be at the beach,” said White, watching her boys enjoy Kenilworth Beach mid-August waters.
“Lake Michigan is one of our great natural resources. It is beautiful, well cared for. Our kids love it.”
Chasing after Keyler, 10, Duncan, 6, and Henry, 9, White should easily best Republican Convention confetti-strewn floors with stride, right?
In February, the Illinois Romney team named White as Ninth District delegate, and today she is in Tampa, Fla.
“I am excited to attend (the convention),” said White, who was raised in Winnetka.
Despite Tropical Storm Isaac, nearly 2,300 delegates and 2,125 alternate delegates from 50 states, the District of Columbia and five U.S. territories made their way to the Sunshine State for the 40th Republican convention.
“I plan to learn a lot, listen to a variety of leaders of our country, and most importantly, vote for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan,” White said prior to the trip.
She and her husband Randy, vice-president of CareerBuilder.com, live a few blocks from her childhood home, where Katie’s parents Bob and Judy Dold raised three daughters and one son.
“I married my high school sweetheart,” said White, proudly, of Randy. “We were both raised in families who value integrity, strong faith, personal responsibility, and community leadership and we continue to impress upon our children these same values.”
White’s brother is Congressman Robert J. Dold, R-10th.
“I am very proud of Bob,” says White. “I am impressed with how hard he works and how passionate he is about representing the people of the 10th District.
“... He understands how Washington works and focuses on common ground areas in order to move our country forward.”
Chief among the local issues that need to be addressed are jobs and the economy, she said.
“Addressing our national debt, national security and the overall size and direction of our government are major discussions facing the American people. ... Locally, people are out of work and companies are scared.
We need to get Americans back to work.”
White’s career has included work for Kraft Foods brand management and Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management. She is a New Trier High School graduate, who earned her bachelor’s degree from Denison University and MBA from Kellogg.
A former Kenilworth village trustee, White values the legacy of elected officials.
“Being a part of a family that is more politically active, provides the opportunity to walk precincts, march in a lot of parades and have great conversations about what is going on in our neighborhoods, our country, and around the world.”