About Desi

Desi Anderson is a business owner, wife and mother in central Illinois. She earned a double major degree from Indiana University before serving several non-profits and a Congressional office on Capitol Hill. She then moved to Illinois, married her husband Nick, and together they have opened and operate an agricultural-tourism venue, a small business in McLean County. Desi is a passionate servant leader, who is focused on improving the economic stability of Illinois and preserving liberties that form our American ideals.

Desi was abandoned in the streets as a baby, lived in an orphanage until being adopted in the mid-90s at age 7, and later moved to the Pacific Northwest of the United States. Desi early childhood was spent in the Eastern Bloc of communist Europe in Bulgaria. She was not allowed to go to school there, yet after teaching herself English, excelled as a student from grade school in Oregon to a double major degree at Indiana University. In the earliest years of her career, she dedicated her life to serving non-profits around the world with the United Nations and in places including Uganda, Sudan, Geneva, and Guatemala. As a missionary in Guatemala, Desi learned Spanish and served the poorest of the poor in Guatemala City, helping build homes, working for economic justice, and combating the criminal takeover of neighborhoods over a period of years before returning to the U.S. She then served as a U.S. Congressional Intern in Washington, D.C. working for the people of Central Illinois, while learning first-hand how constituents are best represented, policies are made, and politics influence our everyday lives. 

Desi married her husband, Nick, in 2019, and in 2021 they had their first child, Vano. Nick is a fifth-generation small business owner and Illinois native. His father had a construction company that did work at ISU and throughout the Bloomington-Normal and Peoria area communities for over 40 years. Nick and their son Vano were both born in Normal, Illinois. Desi is proud to call Central Illinois their home.

“I had an upbringing to which many people cannot relate, and I always dreamed of coming to the United States, admiring what I heard about it as a child. In every way I am now living the American Dream, and it is my heartfelt desire to see that not slip away from others in these current times. I am running for the 46th district of Illinois to give people hope that their voice matters again, that career politicians do not have to have undue influence on our families. Central Illinois has become home for me, and I want to be someone who the great people of this area, big business, and small business can entrust to fight for them and care about them on issues that really matter and that increasingly and directly affect our lives.”

Why I'm Running:

In less than two decades of my adult life, I have watched our beautiful country be transformed for the worse and put on a trajectory that is unsustainable economically, while our liberties are being encroached. There is a crisis of leadership at the local and state levels in IL, and elected officials have not only passively allowed this to happen but have actively caused harm.  As a mom and small business owner, I cannot avoid the fact that if those of us who love our freedom, our neighborhoods, our businesses, and our families do not stand up and take our country back from career politicians and anti-American ideals, then my son’s future will look more like the Communist world I was born into than the country I dreamed of coming to. 

I will be a voice of and for the Illinois people who love our Republic, its rich history, and its hopeful future. In a polarized society, I want to unify people around things that are good and true and right, and use that same unified spirit to stand up to the corruption and self-interest in Illinois that is causing families to leave our great state at record rates.

The re-mapped 46th district of Illinois is one of the more important districts in our state. We have the opportunity of a lifetime to protect what is sacred to us, preserve what has been built, and promote a broad spectrum of beauty and goodness that we have been blessed with.