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Election 2020

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Endorsed by CTU and UWF
Endorsed by CTU
Election News from CTU

Endorsed by the Chicago Teachers Union and
United Working Families

The eight candidates below have been endorsed by both the Chicago Teachers Union and United Working Families. The CTU is a proud founding member of the United Working Families independent political organization. Along with other union locals, community organizations and individual activists, the CTU is helping UWF win a government that provides for the many, not the few. UWF members believe that this project encompasses winning elections with candidates from the rank-and-file of our movements, organizing that builds people-powered infrastructure, and campaigns that shift the prevailing narratives and recruit people to our politics. The organization is guided by a vision that includes: Quality Public Education, High Quality Jobs, Affordable Housing, Civic Engagement, as well as Direct Action and Corporate Accountability. Visit the United Working Families website to learn more.

State’s Attorney Kim Foxx

State’s Attorney Kim Foxx

Cook County State’s Attorney

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Kim Foxx is a veteran prosecutor—for 12 years she served as Assistant State’s Attorney in Cook County. She led the county’s criminal justice reform agenda…

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to address racial disparities in the criminal and juvenile justice systems as Chief of Staff for Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle.

She’s seeking re-election to continue that work, and to restore public faith in a criminal justice system that has failed so many families. Born to a teenage mother who struggled to make ends meet, and raised on Chicago’s Near North Side by her mother and grandmother, Kim’s life experience has given her a deep understanding of the impact of crime, violence and poverty on our communities. That consciousness fueled her to pursue a career in public service as she sought to improve life in communities like the one in which she was raised.

Rep. Aaron Ortiz

Rep. Aaron Ortiz

1st District State Rep

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Rep. Aaron Ortiz is a CTU member and a college counselor at Back of the Yards High School turned Illinois State Representative. Last session, Aaron passed a bill to…

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address the substitute teacher shortage in Chicago through extending the time retirees can sub without losing their pension benefits. He is a co-sponsor of the bill for an elected school board in Chicago and a co-sponsor of the bill to restore our bargaining rights for things like class size and appropriate school staffing. Rep. Ortiz also voted in favor of Illinois’ Fair Tax constitutional amendment to raise revenue for schools. Aaron also has a clear record of opposing charter school expansion, as he voted for the law that ended the state’s charter school commission. Aaron Ortiz is the best choice for Representative of House District 1.
Rep. Theresa Mah

Rep. Theresa Mah

2nd District State Rep

Rep. Theresa Mah has been a consistent supporter of CTU issues. She is a co-sponsor of our bill for an elected school board in Chicago and our bill to restore…

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our bargaining rights for things like class size and appropriate school staffing. She is a strong supporter of Illinois’ Fair Tax constitutional amendment to raise revenue for schools. Rep. Mah has been a champion for providing additional support and funding for homeless services in Chicago. She also voted to end the state’s charter school commission. Rep. Theresa Mah is the best choice for Representative of House District 2.
Nidia Carranza

Nidia Carranza

for 3rd District State Rep

CTU Member!
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Nidia Carranza is bilingual pre-K teacher at Marvin Camras Elementary, and a member of CTU. As a leader in the 2019 Chicago Teachers Union strike, Nidia…

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organized northwest schools fighting for the educational equity our students need. She has worked to defend immigrant families through her involvement with Mujeres Latinas en Acción and Know Your Rights canvasses. As an advocate for her community, Nidia is a member of the Blackhawk Park Advisory Committee and Northwest Side Housing Center’s Advisory Council – Striving to protect working class neighbors like herself from displacement.
Rep. Delia Ramirez

Rep. Delia Ramirez

4th District State Rep

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Delia Ramirez is an accomplished social service director, community leader and coalition builder who has dedicated much of her life and career to the Humboldt Park and Logan Square …

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communities. A daughter of Guatemalan immigrants, Delia resides on the same block where she grew up – Central Park Avenue between North and Bloomingdale in Humboldt Park. A graduate of Sabin Magnet Elementary school in the eastern part of the district and Northeastern University Delia recognizes the importance of public education and is committed to fighting for high quality, equitable education for all our children.
Lakesia Collins

Lakesia Collins

for 9th District State Rep

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Lakesia Collins is a mother, nursing home worker and, now, organizer for SEIU Healthcare. Through

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her work at SEIU, she’s been involved in vital fights in Springfield, working to pass the $15/hour minimum wage and Illinois’ Fair Tax constitutional amendment to raise revenue for schools. She also supports key CTU issues, like our bill for an elected school board in Chicago and our bill to restore our bargaining rights for things like class size and appropriate school staffing. Lakesia Collins is the best choice for Representative of House District 9.
her work at SEIU, she’s been involved in vital fights in Springfield, working to pass the $15/hour…

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minimum wage and Illinois’ Fair Tax constitutional amendment to raise revenue for schools. She also supports key CTU issues, like our bill for an elected school board in Chicago and our bill to restore our bargaining rights for things like class size and appropriate school staffing. Lakesia Collins is the best choice for Representative of House District 9.

Feb. 29 Day of Action

Sen. Celina Villanueva

Sen. Celina Villanueva

11th District State Senator

Celina Villanueva has served as state representative for the 21st Illinois House District since 2018 and was appointed to serve as Senator for the 11th District this year. Before her public service in the state legislature, Villanueva…

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was a Civic and Youth Engagement Manager at the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR). At ICIRR Villanueva worked to develop leadership skills in young people and to expand voting rights, including leading the largest immigrant civic engagement program in Illinois. As a State Representative, Villanueva was the chief sponsor for legislation that legalized adult-use cannabis and prevents local police from being deputized by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

In addition to her work with ICIRR, Senator Villanueva served as the Director of Organizing at Chicago Votes and as Outreach Coordinator for then-Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia.

Sen. Robert Peters

Sen. Robert Peters

13th District State Senator

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Sen. Robert Peters was a fixture at events during our recent strikes and supports issues crucial to working people, like the Fair Tax amendment to raise revenue for schools, the $15/hour minimum wage, and protecting retirement…

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to working people, like the Fair Tax amendment to raise revenue for schools, the $15/hour minimum wage, and protecting retirement to working people, like the Fair Tax amendment to raise revenue for schools, the $15/hour minimum wage, and protecting retirement security for public employees. He also supports key CTU issues, namely our bill for an elected school board in Chicago and our bill to restore our bargaining rights for things like class size and appropriate school staffing. Sen. Robert Peters is the best choice for Senator in District 13.

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to working people, like the Fair Tax amendment to raise revenue for schools, the $15/hour minimum wage, and protecting retirement to working people, like the Fair Tax amendment to raise revenue for schools, the $15/hour minimum wage, and protecting retirement security for public employees. He also supports key CTU issues, namely our bill for an elected school board in Chicago and our bill to restore our bargaining rights for things like class size and appropriate school staffing. Sen. Robert Peters is the best choice for Senator in District 13.
March 1 Day of Action

Endorsed by the Chicago Teachers Union

The CTU is proud to endorse these education champions. Candidates demonstrated through both word and deed that they support our fight for the schools our student’s deserve and for the kind of city in which CTU members will be proud to live and work.
Sen. Rob Martwick

Sen. Rob Martwick

10th District State Senator

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Sen. Rob Martwick has been a longtime champion for CTU issues. He is the lead sponsor of the bill for an elected school board in Chicago, which he passed through the House…

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of Representatives three times, as well as the lead sponsor of Illinois’ Fair Tax constitutional amendment to raise revenue for schools. Sen. Martwick has a long record of opposing charter school expansion, regularly voting to end the state’s charter school commission, and he is a co-sponsor of the bill to restore our bargaining rights for things like class size and appropriate school staffing.
Rep. Omar Williams

Rep. Omar Williams

10th District State Rep

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Rep. Jawaharial “Omar” Williams has been a consistent supporter of CTU issues. He supports our bill for an elected school board in Chicago and our bill to restore our bargaining rights…

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for things like class size and appropriate school staffing. He is a strong supporter of Illinois’ Fair Tax constitutional amendment to raise revenue for schools. He also voted to end the state’s charter school commission. Rep. Omar Williams is the best choice for Representative of House District 10.
Denyse Wang Stoneback

Denyse Wang Stoneback

for 16th District State Rep

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Denyse Wang Stoneback is the daughter of a former teacher at Mather High School who supports issues of vital importance to working people, like the $15/hour minimum wage and Illinois’ Fair Tax…

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constitutional amendment to raise revenue for schools. She supports key CTU issues, like our bill for an elected school board in Chicago and our bill to restore our bargaining rights for things like class size and appropriate school staffing. Denyse is also the founder of an organization to fight gun violence. Denyse Wang Stoneback is the best choice for Representative of House District 16.
Rep. Lindsey LaPointe

Rep. Lindsey LaPointe

19th District State Rep

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Rep. Lindsey LaPointe, a social worker by training, supports issues of vital importance to working people, like the $15/hour minimum wage and Illinois’ Fair Tax constitutional amendment to raise revenue…

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for schools. She also supports key CTU issues, namely our bill for an elected school board in Chicago and our bill to restore our bargaining rights for things like class size and appropriate school staffing. Lindsey LaPointe is the best choice for Representative of House District 19.
Michelle Darbro

Michelle Darbro

for 20th District State Rep

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Michelle Darbro, a Chicago firefighter, will work for more affordable healthcare and prescription drugs, support for first responders, and middle class tax relief. Darbro supports the State’s new funding formula…

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to provide greater funding so schools can decrease class sizes and increase student access to nurses and social workers in their schools, which will make sure that our children are given the support that they need to succeed.
Rep. Kam Buckner

Rep. Kam Buckner

26th District State Rep

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Rep. Kam Buckner, a Morgan Park HS alumnus, is the CTU’s endorsed candidate in House District 26. He is the chief sponsor of HB 3917, the CTU’s bill to force CPS to end Student Based Budgeting and fund schools equitably, and…

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he also voted for key CTU issues, namely our bill for an elected school board in Chicago and our bill to restore our bargaining rights for things like class size and appropriate school staffing. Additionally, he voted in favor of issues of vital importance to working people, like the $15/hour minimum wage, Illinois’ Fair Tax constitutional amendment to raise revenue for schools, and protecting retirement security for public employees. Rep. Kam Buckner is the best choice for Representative of House District 26.
Rep. Justin Slaughter

Rep. Justin Slaughter

27th District State Rep

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Rep. Justin Slaughter was the chief sponsor of our bill that requires school districts to have an appeals process for unsatisfactory evaluation ratings, and he also voted for key CTU issues, namely our bill for an elected school board…

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in Chicago and our bill to restore our bargaining rights for things like class size and appropriate school staffing. Additionally, he voted in favor of issues of vital importance to working people, like the $15/hour minimum wage, Illinois’ Fair Tax constitutional amendment to raise revenue for schools, and protecting retirement security for public employees. Rep. Justin Slaughter is the best choice for Representative of House District 27.
Rep. Thaddeus Jones

Rep. Thaddeus Jones

29th District State Rep

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Rep. Thaddeus Jones is the CTU’s endorsed candidate in House District 29. He has a strong CTU track record and is a co-sponsor of our bills for an elected school board and restoring our bargaining rights. He supports the Fair Tax…

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, and he voted for our bill to eliminate the State’s Charter School Commission, our bill to increase retiree substitute days, and the bill to end the racist and discriminatory basic skills test. Rep. Thaddeus Jones is clearly the best choice for Representative of House District 29.
Rep. Mary Flowers

Rep. Mary Flowers

31st District State Rep

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Rep. Mary Flowers is the CTU’s endorsed candidate in House District 31. She has long been a champion for working people, sponsoring legislation for universal health care, the $15/hour minimum wage, Illinois’ Fair Tax…

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constitutional amendment to raise revenue for schools, and protecting retirement security for public employees. She has also repeatedly supported key CTU issues, including being the chief co-sponsor of our bill for an elected school board in Chicago and our bill to restore our bargaining rights for things like class size and appropriate school staffing. Rep. Mary Flowers is clearly the best choice for Representative of House District 31.
Rep. André Thapedi

Rep. André Thapedi

32nd District State Rep


Rep. André Thapedi is the CTU’s endorsed candidate in House District 32. Rep. Thapedi has been a consistent CTU supporter. He has voted for the elected school board and bargaining rights bills multiple times, the Fair Tax, our bill to…

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increase retiree substitute days without a pension penalty, and he is a strong advocate for increase opportunities for students of color to learn skilled trades. He passed a bill to guarantee that students graduating in the top 10% of their high school class would be admitted to a public university in Illinois. Rep. André Thapedi is clearly the best choice for Representative of House District 32.
Rep. Jaime Andrade

Rep. Jaime Andrade

40th District State Rep

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Jaime Andrade is the Chicago Teachers Union’s endorsed candidate in House District 40. Andrade supports a progressive tax that will force billionaires and the ultra wealthy to pay their fair share. As a husband, father, and…

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long-time community leader, Jaime Andrade understands that our neighborhoods need someone who will hold politicians and public servants accountable, fight right-wing attacks against the middle class and struggling families, and protect our wages and standard of living.
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