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2019 Chicago Elections

Chicago is on the cusp of a new political era. Movements for fundamental change—led in no small part by the CTU—have altered the political calculus in this city. We drove out Rahm Emanuel and we have a chance, now, to impact who runs City Hall. We’ve taken the reins in that process. Now, we need every member and supporter to put in the work.

Let’s make CTU’s vision the dominant narrative in this election.

Toni Preckwinkle for Mayor

The CTU has endorsed Toni Preckwinkle for the next mayor of Chicago because of her exceptional education platform and service to the city and county.

Latest from CTU on the Mayoral Race

Ken Griffin making another attempt to buy Chicago’s city hall
Hedge fund manager who once claimed that Rahm’s Emanuel’s 50+ school closings in 2013 weren’t enough is spending $1 million Read more.
#FactCheck: Mendoza’s record on education reveals Rahm 2.0, potential for more school closings
Mayoral candidate Susana Mendoza touts her ‘skin in the game’ when it comes to matters of public education due to Read more.
CTU to Chico: Don’t expand separate and unequal school system
Instead of expanding selective enrollment, end two-tier education and make every neighborhood school a well-resourced, sustainable community school. CHICAGO, January Read more.
CTU to Daley: Hands off LSCs, the only remaining bedrock of democracy in our schools
Daley’s proposal to gut LSCs is an assault on last vestiges of Harold Washington’s commitment to grassroots democracy in our Read more.
#FactCheck: The truth behind Gery Chico’s ‘friendship’ with Chicago’s public school teachers
Mayoral candidate Chico claimed to have a good working relationship with teachers when he was handpicked by Richard M. Daley Read more.
Bill Daley has no right to meddle in public education policy
As a lifelong representative of the one percent, mayoral candidate Daley would simply extend incumbent Rahm Emanuel’s deplorable education policies, Read more.
Poll: Voters embrace CTU agenda, demand policies built on equity
Voters overwhelmingly support CTU demands for more resources, revenue for neighborhood public schools, as Preckwinkle leads among likely voters. Read more.
Latest mayoral appointment underscores why we need elected, representative school board
Public school educators, parents and school communities remain locked out of district governance and oversight. CHICAGO, Dec. 14, 2018—Chicago Teachers Read more.
December 2018 Municipal Endorsements
The CTU House of Delegates voted to adopt the following endorsements at its December 5, 2018 regular meeting. Read more.
Mayoral forum to tackle issues of race and targeted removal of Black educators and working class families
Confirmed to attend: Toni Preckwinkle, Susana Mendoza, Lori Lightfoot, Amara Enyia, Paul Vallas. CHICAGO—Rahm Emanuel’s disastrous eight-year agenda of mass Read more.

Get Active

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.

Melissa Conyears-Ervin

For City Treasurer

Photo: Melissa Conyears-Ervin portrait

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.

Tara Stamps

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.

Dianne Daleiden

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.

Erika Wozniak

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.

CTU Endorsements

The CTU engages rank-and-file members at all levels to democratically determine whom CTU will endorse. The process took three major steps:

  1. CTU’s rank and file Political Action Committee interviewed candidates using a comprehensive rubric to weigh their merits.
  2. CTU’s elected, rank and file Executive Board previewed the PAC’s recommendations and approved them for action by delegates.
  3. 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

United Working Families is an independent political organization started by progressive labor and community groups, including CTU. In addition to endorsing all the above CTU members running for city council, UWF has endorsed other community leaders running with a shared set of values in support of working families and a vision of a Chicago for the many.

Rafa Yañez

15th Ward Challenger

Rafael Yañez is a Chicago Police Officer and community leader who has provided violence prevention services to thousands of young people.

Jeanette Taylor

20th Ward Challenger

Jeanette Taylor is a Dyett HS hunger striker and prominent parent organizer for equity in public education.

Mike Rodríguez

22nd Ward Challenger

Michael D. Rodríguez is a longtime community organizer, nonprofit leader, and youth mentor.

Rossana Rodríguez

33rd Ward Challenger

Rossana is an educator, mother, and activist—and an independent, progressive candidate for 33rd Ward Alderman.

Carlos Rosa

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.

John Arena

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.

Maria Hadden

49th Ward Challenger

Maria Hadden is a nationally-recognized advocate for participatory budgeting and transparent democracy.

Additional CTU Endorsed Candidates

Sophia King

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.

Leslie Hairston

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.

Rod Sawyer

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.

Marty Quinn

13th Ward Incumbent

Marty Quinn serves the 13th Ward on Chicago’s southwest side. He is currently being challenged by a Trump supporter.

Toni Foulkes

16th Ward Incumbent

Toni Foulkes serves the 16th ward, which includes Chicago Lawn, New City & Englewood. CTU endorses this education champion.

David Moore

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.

Derrick Curtis

18th Ward Incumbent

Derrick Curtis is the alderman of Chicago’s 18th Ward. CTU supports this education champion.

Matt O’Shea

19th Ward Incumbent

Matt O’Shea is the alderman of Chicago’s 19th ward. The Chicago Teachers Union supports this education champion.

Silvana Tabares

23rd Ward Incumbent

Alderman Silvana Tabares represents the 23rd ward. CTU supports this education champion.

Byron Sigcho

25th Ward Challenger

Byron Sigcho

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.

Roberto Maldonado

26th Ward Incumbent

Roberto Maldonado is the alderman of Chicago’ 26th ward. The Chicago Teachers Union supports this education champion.

Jason Ervin

28th Ward Incumbent

Jason Ervin is alderman of Chicago’s 28th ward. The Chicago Teachers Union supports this education champion.

Chris Taliaferro

29th Ward Incumbent

Ald. Chris Taliaferro is an attorney and former Chicago police officer serving the 29th ward. CTU supports this education champion.

Jessica Gutierrez

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.

Scott Waguespack

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.

Robert Murphy

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.

Tim Heneghan

41st Ward Challenger

Tim’s record of leadership and volunteerism speak to his dedication to the betterment of the community.

Tom Tunney

44th Ward Incumbent

Tom Tunney is alderman of Chicago’s 44th ward. The Chicago Teachers Union supports this education champion.

Harry Osterman

48th Ward Incumbent

Harry Osterman is alderman of Chicago’s 48th ward. The Chicago Teachers Union supports this education champion.

General CTU Announcement

Take the Polar Plunge!

Join the CTU’s team on Sunday, March 3rd in the 19th annual Polar Plunge for Special Olympics. It’s fun and it makes a difference in kids’ lives.

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