My campaign is endorsed by U.S. Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, Illinois Sen. Ira Silverstein, Illinois Rep. Lou Lang, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart, Cook County Commissioner Larry Suffredin, Water Reclamation Commissioner Mariyana Spyropoulos and I anticipate numerous additional endorsements from local leaders and unions as we move closer to the February elections.
Chicago Police Sergeants’ Association
It is still very early in the election cycle and many organizations have yet to announce their endorsements. The
list below are organizations that I am seeking endorsement from:
Chicago Teachers Union
Service Employees International Union
Fraternal Order of Police
Chicago Firefighters Union
Chicago Police Sergeants Association
Independent Voters of Illinois Independent Precinct Organization
American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees
To date endorsements are pending
In my 2011 campaign I received endorsements from AFSCME, Chicago Teacher’s Union, Citizen Action Illinois,
Chicago Sun Times, Chicago Tribune, APAC, NUPAC, Personal PAC, Planned Parenthood, and Chicago Dispatcher. 2015
endorsments are forthcoming
It’s early in the endorsement season. I have submitted questionnaires for all endorsements.
I have received letters (surveys) from Chicago
Teachers Union, SEIU, AFSCME, Chicago Police Sergeants Association, Chicago Sun Times, Chicago Tribune,
Chicago Labor Federation, Planned Parenthood, Citizen Action Illinois and more arrive daily.
In addition to my recent first endorsement by Reclaim Chicago, I have the support of Ward leaders, such
as Randall Doubet-King, a retired pastor and board member of Planned Parenthood, the Chicago Coalition
to End Homelessness, and Alternatives (a youth organization based in Uptown), as well as Gail
Morse, a partner at Jenner and Block. I am in the process of seeking endorsements from a number of labor
groups including United Working Families, SEIU Healthcare, and grassroots groups such as Grassroots
Illinois Action and Action Now. Furthermore, I am seeking the endorsements of Planned Parenthood,
GPAC and the Sierra Club. I believe I will be successful in winning many of these endorsements.
In addition to the above, I have been regularly meeting and developing relationships with school leaders,
nonprofit leaders and community leaders.
It is still very early in the campaign season, and few if any organizations have made official endorsements thus
State Senator Willie Delgado and then-Cook County Commissioner Edwin Reyes recruited me to run in
response to a conversation that Senator Delgado and Karen Lewis had about finding a good candidate to run
against the incumbent alderman. Senator Delgado has already contributed $10,000 to our campaign, and
Commissioner Reyes personally circulated petitions with us once a week along with a handful of his team. Will
Guzzardi has recently contributed $1,000 to our campaign, and we are working on plans for a public
endorsement. I have received the endorsement of both Grassroots Illinois Action and the People’s Lobby. It
has not been publicly announced yet, but I have received the endorsement of the Chicago Teachers Union and
the United Working Families PAC.
H. As concisely as possible, state why you feel you should be endorsed over the other candidate(s). What goals
for the office you seek are most important to you personally?
My values, priorities, and track record are consistent with IVI-IPO's mission to achieve social justice through
good government by increasing voter participation and knowledge. Based on a years of working with
community groups and neighbors in the 26th Ward and a listening tour I conducted priorities to announcing my
campaign, these are my highest priorities.
● Independence and Accountability: I will make decisions after listening to community desires, not what
donors or other elected officials ask her to do.
● Strengthening Our Schools: I will fight to make sure that neighborhood schools stay open and have the
resources they need to help our children succeed.● Keeping Our Neighborhoods Safe: I will work to strengthen partnerships between community groups
and the police to reduce crime and violence.
● Creating Jobs And Strengthening the Community: I will support businesses that pay living wage jobs,
increasing the minimum wage, preserving affordable housing and other community development efforts
that build on the current diversity of the ward.
I am personally very motivated about trying to create a stronger sense of community and engagement across
racial/ethnic and socioeconomic lines in a gentrifying ward.
I. What is your campaign budget? How much have you raised to date?
Our total budget is just over $150,000. We started raising money in the 3rd quarter. We have raised almost
$55,000. We anticipate earning an additional $26,000 by the end of the 4th quarter. Our total goal is $81,000
based off of our Tier 1 fundraising lists.
It’s early in the endorsement season. I have submitted questionnaires for all endorsements
Chicago Teacher’s Union
POP 46 (People over Politics)
I look forward to receiving endorsements from a variety of groups; I have been endorsed already by a number
of elected officials
Pending as of this writing
Just began submitting for endorsements.
Amalgamated Transit Union Local 241
It’s still early in the election and most endorsements haven’t been announced.
Citizens to Abolish Red Light Cameras, Retired Honorable Judge Leslie Elaine South
Don Rose, Columnist, Chicago Observer
Indo-American Democratic Organization
We are actively seeking the endorsement of many unions and other politically active organizations.
I have been endorsed by the:
9th Ward Aldermanic Search Community Council (ASCC);
The Gardner Initiative developed by Ed Gardner, founder and former CEO of Soft Sheen Products;
Services Employees International Union/Local 73/Coalition Organized to Win (SEIU/COW);
Reclaim Chicago/The Peoples’ Lobby.
I have the support of 32nd ward Alderman Scott Waguespack and other endorsements are forthcoming.
No response provided
As of today, I have been endorsed by: the Chicago Teachers Union, State Senator William Delgado, State
Representative-Elect Will Guzzardi, Reclaim Chicago (National Nurses United and The Peoples’ Lobby),
Northside Democracy for America, Progressive Democrats of America, Chicago ACTS (AFT-IFT Local
4343), the Justice Party of Illinois, and Rudy Lozano, Jr.
some pending, none confirmed at this time
Teamsters local 700
Teamsters National Black Caucus
All 3 former Alderman of 27 have endorsed me: Ricky Hendon, Wallace Davis Jr and Dexter Watson. I’m
also expecting the endorsement of a US Congressman very soon.
Teachers for Social Justice and Reclaim Chicago.
-State Rep Ken Dunkin
-Cook County Commissioner Deborah Graham,
-Westside Ministers Association (members)
-Chicago Black Chamber of Commerce (members)
-various other community leaders.
• Northside Democracy for America
• Peace Corps to Politics
I have received the endorsement of the Northside Democracy For America.
The United Hellenic Voters of America have endorsed me for 2nd Ward Alderman for the February 24th election.
The UHVA writes, “You are being endorsed as the most qualified candidate based on your commitment and hard work on improving the quality of life of the people who live and work in the 2nd Ward. You have shown through your leadership and innovative organizational strategies that cooperation and
direct involvement among residents and businesses, working together with government, can go a long way toward addressing important community issues as safety and the redevelopment of specific areas.”
Water Reclamation Commissioner, Hon. Barbara McGowan, Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin, Rev. Ira Acree, Rev. Marshall Hatch, Rev. Tasha Brown, and the 29th Ward Aldermanic Candidate Coalition Selection Committee (The 29th Ward Aldermanic Candidates Coalition Selection Committee consist of community leaders, political activist, 5 past aldermanic candidates, Danny K. Davis, Richard Boykin, Barbara McGowan and significant others who came together to vet all potential candidates and identify one individual among the candidates who exhibited the character, experience, ability and professionalism to best serve and represent the interest of the people of the 29th Ward.)
I have already received the endorsements of the Chicago Teachers Union, AFSCME, IAFF-Local 2, and
I am seeking endorsements from other community, political, and labor organizations.
I’ve received the endorsementsof several religious
leader in the 34th ward .
It is still early in the campaign and the endorsement season, we are still soliciting endorsements. One that we have heard back from is Local 1092 who will be supporting us this year.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Congressman Mike Quigley, State Representatives Sara Feigenholtz and Ann
Williams, former Cook County Assessor Jim Houlihan, former State Rep. Judy Erwin.
Local 143 Union of Operating Engineers. We expect other endorsements to follow as our campaign progresses.
Adopted and endorsed by Northside Democracy for America;
Communications Workers of America Unified Council of Illinois
Indo-American Democratic Organization
I expect endorsement from the following, most of which also supported me in 2011:
Chicago Federation of Labor
Teamsters Joint Council 25
SEIU Local 1
Chicago Teachers Union
Cook County College Teachers Union
Teamsters Joint Council 25
Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce PAC
Citizen Newspaper Group
Hyde Park Herald
Planned Parenthood Illinois Action
Cook Cty. Board President Toni Preckwinkle
State Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie
State Rep. Ken Dunkin
State Sen. Kwame Raoule
State Rep. Christian Mitchell
Announced: Reclaim Chicago
Chicago Teachers Union (CTU)
Service Employees Illinois Union (SEIU) Healthcare
United Working Families (a partnership between labor groups, including the Chicago Teachers
Union, and a coalition of a dozen community groups)
Cook Co. Bd. Of Review Commissioner Larry Rogers, Jr
Alderman Carrie Austin
Alderman Roderick Sawyer
Cook Co. Commissioner Robert Steele
Cook Co. Commissioner Stanley Moore
MWRD Commissioner Kari Steele
State Senator Donne Trotter
State Representative Ken Dunkin
Rev. Clay Evans
Atty. Tom Todd
Dr. Timuel Black
William E Hall
Pastor James Thomas, First Corinthians 17th Ward
Pastor Ira Wheaton, Greater Omega, 17th Ward
Pastor Dion McCarthy, Gethsemane C.O.G.I.C, 17th ward
Bishop Daniel W. Lee, Way of Truth M.B.C, 17th Ward
Pastor William Samuels, Commonwealth Community Church, 17th Ward
Pastor Willie Riley, Center of Hope Ministries, 17th Ward
Pastor C.W. Webb, Dependable Baptist Church, 17th Ward
Pastor Demetrius Klyce, Original Philadelphia M.B.C. Englewood
Pastor Isaac Dwayne Brown, Life Giving Ministries, Englewood
Pastor Daniel Garrett, Spirit Redeemed M.B.C, Englewood
Pastor Derrick Wells, Christ Universal Temple
Pastor Corwin Lasenby, Pilgrim Baptist Church of South Chicago
Pastor Errol Redwell, Original Mount Pleasant M.B.C
Pastor A.E. Davis, St. John M.B.C
Pastor, Gordon Humphrey Jr., Shiloh M.B.C
Pastor Larry A. Brookins, True Foundation Transformation Church
Local Business Leaders:
Peytyn Campbell Willborn – Daycare Provider
John Stallworth – Local Hardware Store
John Smith – Smith Movers