Samuel is a lifelong resident of Aurora Township. He attended Archbishop Romero Catholic School from preschool through 8th grade and went on to attend East Aurora High School. Samuel’s interest in leadership began the moment he walked through those doors. He went on to represent District 131 and its 15,000 students as their Student Board Representative where he served from 2009-2010. Once a Tomcat Always a Tomcat! Samuel completed his formal education with an Associate of Arts Degree from Waubonsee Community College and a BA in Business Marketing from Aurora University.
Samuel continued to stay active within his community while going through school and working full-time. He served as a Precinct Committeeman from 2012 in Pigeon Hill (1-4) until 2017, and in 2018 transitioned to represent the residents of Marywood (1-2). His involvements with organizations such as LULAC Council 5218, Boys II Men, and the Hispanic Heritage Advisory Board furthered Samuel’s ambition to serve his community even more. As a former Aurora Township Employee, Samuel understands firsthand the needs of the community and the impact our services have on our families.
His family roots in Aurora date back to 1918, when his Great-Grandfather Hilario Vera came here from Mexico. Samuel is proud of his family’s history and impact they had in the Aurora community and continues the legacy forward today. He is married to his high school sweetheart, Iliana R. Núñez. They reside in Marywood with their one-and-a-half-year-old son, Samuel Alejandro, who is a proud Baby Tomcat as a student of East Aurora School District’s Jumpstart Program.