2019 Chicago Runoff Elections
Let’s make CTU’s vision the dominant narrative in this election.
Latest from CTU on the Mayoral Race
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.
City Council Runoff Candidates
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.
15th Ward Challenger
Rafael Yañez is a Chicago Police Officer and community leader who has provided violence prevention services to thousands of young people. In 2007, he founded U.N.I.O.N. Impact Center, which has mentored over 1500 youth from New City/Back of the Yards, Brighton Park, Englewood and other neighborhoods.
16th Ward Incumbent
Toni Foulkes serves the 16th ward, which includes Chicago Lawn, New City & Englewood. CTU endorses this education champion.
20th Ward Challenger
Jeanette is a proud mother and grandmother. She led the 34-day hunger strike that forced Rahm Emanuel to keep Dyett High School open. She stood with youth organizers to win a new adult trauma center for the south side. She’s fighting to bring a Community Benefits Agreement Ordinance to stop displacement from the area around the Obama Center. CTU stands with 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.
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.
31st Ward Incumbent
Milly Santiago came to Chicago in 1976 and started working as a bilingual clerk for Chicago Public Schools in the Department of Bilingual Education. She has worked as a reporter for Telemundo and later as a news anchor for Univision. The Chicago Teachers Union supports this education champion.
33rd Ward Challenger
Rossana Rodriguez is a mother, youth educator, and community activist seeking to become an independent, progressive alderman in Chicago’s 33rd Ward. She has spent the last decade working with youth and families in Albany Park. The Chicago Teachers Union 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.
40th Ward Challenger
As a husband and father of two young children, Andre is invested in the fight for better schools, city services, and the right allocation of resources in our city government. The Chicago Teachers Union supports this education champion.
47th Ward Challenger
Matt is a lifelong progressive and civil rights attorney at the Illinois Attorney General’s Office. Matt serves on the local school council at McPherson Elementary, where his son Isaac will attend next year. The Chicago Teachers Union supports this education champion.
Your Voter Information
If you don’t know your ward number or polling place find it at the Chicago Elections website.
April 2 is election day!
Find your designated polling place on the elections website.
Early voting starts March 15 at the Loop Supersite (175 W Washington) from 9am to 5pm Friday and Saturday, and 10-4 Sunday.
Starting Monday, March 18, voting begins at one site in each ward. Visit the Chicago Election Commission’s early voting web page for the list of sites. Any voter, regardless of the ward election for which they ’re voting, may vote at any of the early voting locations in any of the 50 wards.
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.
CTU is fighting for quality pay and benefits (including health care), full staffing in our schools, smaller class sizes and justice for students and families. Get updates and resources for our contract fights here.