2019 Chicago Elections
Let’s make CTU’s vision the dominant narrative in this election.
Latest from CTU on the Mayoral Race
February 26th is election day. That’s less than a month away! We want to elect education champions. In the process, we want every member possible talking to voters about the issues that impact our schools and our city as they knock on doors and staff campaign phones. Sign up below for our organizers to connect you with a campaign that needs you.
For City Treasurer
State Representative Melissa Conyears-Ervin was born on the South Side and raised in a union family in the West Side’s Austin neighborhood. Melissa pledges that as Chicago’s treasurer, she’ll ensure that city money isn’t used to harm the environment or working families.
CTU Members Storming City Hall
Susan Sadlowski Garza
10th Ward Incumbent
The original CTU alderwoman won her race for the 10th Ward in 2015. This year, her record puts her in a strong position to keep fighting in City Hall for another four years.
37th Ward Challenger
Daughter of legendary Cabrini Green activist Marion Stamps, Tara led the fight for Jenner Academy and serves on the CTU Executive Board.
40th Ward Challenger
As an educator, mother, and community leader, Dianne has been fighting for years for investment in our neighborhood schools, putting constituents – not downtown developers – first, and ending the corruption in our city.
46th Ward Challenger
A CPS teacher since 2004, Erika has been a fierce advocate for fair funding and education equality for all students in Chicago, an active member and delegate of the CTU since her first year teaching, and a leader in resisting privatization.
Your Voter Information
If you don’t know your ward number or polling place find it at the Chicago Elections website.
February 26 is election day!
Find your designated polling place on the elections website.
Vote January 28–February 11
Early voting is available downtown, Monday through Saturday, during these two weeks. Get more information.
Vote Citywide February 11–25
You can vote at any ward in the city during these two weeks, you do not need to cast your ballot within your own ward. Get more information.
The CTU engages rank-and-file members at all levels to democratically determine whom CTU will endorse. The process took three major steps:
- CTU’s rank and file Political Action Committee interviewed candidates using a comprehensive rubric to weigh their merits.
- CTU’s elected, rank and file Executive Board previewed the PAC’s recommendations and approved them for action by delegates.
- CTU’s House of Delegates, after a week to preview and discuss recommended endorsements with colleagues, voted by a strong majority of the more than 600 elected delegates present to approve the endorsements.
Candidates Cross-Endorsed With
15th Ward Challenger
Rafael Yañez is a Chicago Police Officer and community leader who has provided violence prevention services to thousands of young people.
20th Ward Challenger
Jeanette Taylor is a Dyett HS hunger striker and prominent parent organizer for equity in public education.
22nd Ward Challenger
Michael D. Rodríguez is a longtime community organizer, nonprofit leader, and youth mentor.
33rd Ward Challenger
Rossana is an educator, mother, and activist—and an independent, progressive candidate for 33rd Ward Alderman.
35th Ward Incumbent
Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa is a former immigrant rights organizer elected in 2015 who has taken bold stances on city budget and police reform.
45th Ward Incumbent
Ald. John Arena is a leader in the fight for a $15-per-hour minimum wage, earned sick leave, and fair scheduling for Chicago families.
49th Ward Challenger
Maria Hadden is a nationally-recognized advocate for participatory budgeting and transparent democracy.
Additional CTU Endorsed Candidates
4th Ward Incumbent
Since becoming Alderman in April 2016, Alderman King has led the 4th Ward with transparency, a focus on service, and as a voice for those who have historically lacked a champion in City Hall.
5th Ward Incumbent
A Chicago native and fierce community advocate with deep roots in the South Shore and Hyde Park neighborhoods, Leslie Hairston has built a professional career dedicated to public service.
6th Ward Incumbent
Alderman Roderick Sawyer, son of former mayor the Honorable Eugene Sawyer, has been 6th Ward alderman since 1999. CTU supports this education champion.
13th Ward Incumbent
Marty Quinn serves the 13th Ward on Chicago’s southwest side. He is currently being challenged by a Trump supporter.
16th Ward Incumbent
Toni Foulkes serves the 16th ward, which includes Chicago Lawn, New City & Englewood. CTU endorses this education champion.
17th Ward Incumbent
Through his work as a community organizer and in several campaigns, Alderman David Moore has connected with people and issues in every corner of the ward he has resided in for nearly 40 years.
18th Ward Incumbent
Derrick Curtis is the alderman of Chicago’s 18th Ward. CTU supports this education champion.
19th Ward Incumbent
Matt O’Shea is the alderman of Chicago’s 19th ward. The Chicago Teachers Union supports this education champion.
23rd Ward Incumbent
Alderman Silvana Tabares represents the 23rd ward. CTU supports this education champion.
25th Ward Challenger
As a community leader and Executive Director of Pilsen Alliance, Byron has fought for issues that unite residents of the 25th Ward: fully funded public schools, affordable housing, fair taxation, and for social, economic, environmental, immigration, and racial justice.
26th Ward Incumbent
Roberto Maldonado is the alderman of Chicago’ 26th ward. The Chicago Teachers Union supports this education champion.
28th Ward Incumbent
Jason Ervin is alderman of Chicago’s 28th ward. The Chicago Teachers Union supports this education champion.
29th Ward Incumbent
Ald. Chris Taliaferro is an attorney and former Chicago police officer serving the 29th ward. CTU supports this education champion.
30th Ward Challenger
Jessica Gutierrez is a lifelong progressive Democrat, educator and community organizer running to bring new leadership to the 30th Ward. The Chicago Teachers Union is proud to endorse this exciting challenger.
32nd Ward Incumbent
Scott Waguespack is the alderman of Chicago’s 32nd Ward, which includes parts of the Bucktown, Logan Square and Wicker Park neighborhoods. CTU supports this education champion.
39th Ward Challenger
39th Ward Democratic Committeeman Robert Murphy has a proven track record for leadership and stands for accountability and putting an end to corruption.
41st Ward Challenger
Tim’s record of leadership and volunteerism speak to his dedication to the betterment of the community.
44th Ward Incumbent
Tom Tunney is alderman of Chicago’s 44th ward. The Chicago Teachers Union supports this education champion.
48th Ward Incumbent
Harry Osterman is alderman of Chicago’s 48th ward. The Chicago Teachers Union supports this education champion.
Thursday, March 7 or Saturday, March 9, join with fellow CTU members and school building leaders to learn and share skills needed to fight for our contract and to enforce the rights we’ve won.