Below outlines the candidates Chicago DSA has endorsed for the Aldermanic Elections pre-petition. To learn more about our endorsement process, please visit https://chicagodsa.org/endorsements.
Aldermanic Candidate for the 50th Ward
Mueze Bawany is a public school teacher and community leader running for alderman in Chicago’s 50th Ward. When he was three years old, Mueze’s family took refuge in America from Karachi, Pakistan, and found themselves embraced by the community of West Ridge.
Mueze grew up experiencing the unique struggles, beauty, and diversity of West Ridge–but has only known machine leadership that neglects the needs of the most vulnerable. A proud graduate of Clinton Elementary, Mueze’s dedication to working class struggles has led him to oppose school closures, join environmental justice fights, and support community safety, rent control, immigrant rights, and rideshare workers’ rights. These are the issues that impact us all, but especially in the 50th Ward–where poverty rates among residents under the age of 17 is 23.3%.
Mueze will prioritize economic justice, responsive governance, housing security, fully-funded schools, and non-violent solutions to public safety issues. His campaign seeks to foster deeper community relationships between the 30+ ethnic groups that compose the ward and include everyone in ward decisions to improve every resident’s quality of life.
Aldermanic Candidate for the 46th Ward
Angela was born and raised in Uptown – continuing her family’s tradition of 80+ years living in the 46th Ward of Chicago. She successfully advocates for tenant rights, young people’s needs, elderly services, and peace & unity in the community. Angela graduated from Uptown's own Uplift Community High School, where she became a student leader challenging unfair discipline policies and co-founding VOYCE (Voices Of Youth In Chicago Education) to research why students were dropping out of high school in CPS. She earned her B.A. from DePaul University in Public Policy & Urban Issues, and went on to serve as the youngest Board President of Voice of the People, Uptown's local affordable family housing non-profit of 51 years.
A former Brennemann student herself, she recently became a member of Brennemann Elementary’s Local School Council to advocate for all of the children and families that attend it. Angela Clay’s passion and life’s work has been dedicated to serving all of our neighbors no matter your nationality, income, religion, or gender.
DANIEL LA SPATA
Incumbent Alderman for the 1st Ward
Daniel La Spata has called Chicago home for the last 22 years, where he spent many of those years as a leader in the housing and community development space in the greater Logan Square area. He was inspired to run for Alderman after witnessing persistent anti-democratic and inequitable development processes, which left too many residents out of the prosperity of the City's booming economy and housing market.
Alderman La Spata was elected to represent Chicago's 1st Ward in 2019, where he has used his leadership and organizing experience to fight for policies that work toward creating a more equitable and sustainable Chicago. Alderman La Spata remains committed to helping Chicago break down its segregated past (and present), and weathering the storms of climate change through smart policy investments, and continued dialog and partnerships with neighbors, community organizations, and stakeholders. Daniel’s mission as alderman is to create a ward where every resident has the resources and opportunities to thrive. His office is committed to elevating marginalized voices, and collaborating with all interested stakeholders to build a community grounded in diversity, democracy and equity.
Incumbent Alderman for the 35th Ward
Carlos Ramirez-Rosa is a lifelong Chicagoan who has worked to put our neighborhoods and working families first. Carlos has done so in his roles as a community organizer, congressional caseworker, and now as Chicago's 35th Ward alderperson.
Serving as Chicago's 35th Ward alderperson since May 2015, Carlos has led successful legislative efforts to win property tax relief for working class homeowners, paid sick leave for Chicago workers, equality for transgender people in public facilities, and accountability and transparency on municipal financial transactions. Working alongside grassroots community organizations, Carlos recently led successful efforts to pass historic legislation that ensures Chicago is a true sanctuary city and enacts one of the nation's strongest civilian police oversight ordinances. Carlos has promoted inclusion and transparency in all his aldermanic work - the community-driven zoning process he has implemented in the 35th Ward has been recognized by local and national organizations as a model for community empowerment and transformation.
Incumbent Alderwoman for the 33rd Ward
Alderwoman Rossana Rodriguez-Sanchez has delivered improvements to her ward's neighborhood schools, brought affordable housing to the ward, and championed innovative programs for public health and safety.
In her first four years, Rossana has increased ward democracy by giving neighbors a vote in important decisions in the ward and has helped transform City Hall by ensuring it is no longer a rubber stamp for the mayor. She worked to codify Chicago as a sanctuary city for immigrants and recently led legislation to codify abortion and transgender rights. Currently, Rossana is championing Treatment Not Trauma in order to reopen closed mental health clinics and create a crisis response system that sends mental health professionals to respond to mental health crises. In her next term, Rossana will continue to fight to make Chicago a city that provides for the many, not the few.
Rossana Rodriguez-Sanchez is a mother, youth educator, and lifelong community activist. She is currently completing her Masters in Social Work from Northeastern Illinois University. Originally from Puerto Rico, Rossana attended her first demonstration at the age of six, when her neighborhood of Mariana waged a successful battle for public access to drinking water.
Aldermanic Candidate for the 10th Ward
Oscar Sanchez is a Southeast Side environmental activist and youth organizer who joined a 30-day hunger strike to protest a metal scrapper’s planned move into his neighborhood. Sanchez is running on a platform that centers clean air, equitable education, walkable and accessible communities, affordable housing, sustainable and resilient workforce development and collective community safety.
Sanchez is also involved in community organizing with a focus on young people, having co-founded the Southeast Youth Alliance as well as the pandemic mutual aid group the Southeast Response Collective. Sanchez is the first challenger to declare his candidacy for the Far South Side ward, which includes parts of South Chicago, East Side, South Deering and Hegewisch.
Incumbent Alderman for the 25th Ward
Alderman Byron Sigcho Lopez was sworn in to serve on the Chicago City Council in May of 2019 as Alderman of Chicago's 25th Ward which includes the communities of Pilsen, Chinatown, Little Italy, BJ Wright Courts and ABLA Homes, West Loop, South Loop, McKinley Park, and Heart of Chicago. As an immigrant who came to the US alone as a teenager, Byron found care in everyday teachers, coaches, and community members who gave him shelter, guidance, taught him the English language, and gave him a pathway to a good education. Ten years ago, Byron settled in Pilsen, a historic immigrant working class neighborhood in Chicago and worked as an adult education teacher, founding the bilingual adult education program at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
He became politically active after former-Mayor Rahm Emanuel listed a neighborhood public school for closure where Byron volunteered as a soccer coach and lead community efforts to keep that school open which were ultimately successful. Later, Byron served as the Director of the Pilsen Alliance where he was a leader in the struggle against gentrification and displacement, co-founding the campaign to Lift the Ban on rent control in Illinois. As Alderman, Byron was the Chief Sponsor of an ordinance to curtail harassment of homeowners who have been targeted by predatory developers. Byron is a member of the Chicago Democratic Socialists of America. He holds a bachelors in Mathematics and Business Administration from Cumberland University, and a Masters in Economics from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is currently a PhD candidate in the field of Urban Education Policy.
Incumbent Alderwoman for the 20th Ward
Jeanette B. Taylor is the current Alderwoman of Chicago’s 20th Ward, representing portions of Woodlawn, Washington Park, Englewood, Back of the Yards, and Greater Grand Crossing. Before being elected Alderwoman, Jeanette was a parent organizer with Kenwood Oakland Community Organization. She was a Local School Council (LSC) member for over 20 years at Mollison Elementary and trained countless parents on how to be productive members of an LSC. Jeanette led a 30-day hunger strike to save the last open enrollment high school in her community. She’s done all of this while raising five children of her own. Jeanette is committed to fighting for her community to see the vision set by her community come alive.
Aldermanic Candidate for the 48th Ward
Nick Ward is a socialist, community organizer, artist, renter, and restaurant worker. He is running for 48th Ward Alderman to fight for a Chicago where every resident has the resources they need to thrive. Nick serves as a Community Representative on the Goudy Technology Academy Local School Council, where he fought for Covid-19 safety protocols and formed a Housing and Enrollment Subcommittee that examined the devastating effects of the lack of affordable housing on school enrollment.
As an organizer with Chicago DSA and the 48th Ward Neighbors for Justice, he campaigned for the Civilian Police Accountability Council and affordable housing for Edgewater and Uptown families. Nick’s top campaign priorities include:
- Introducing an ordinance to eliminate the tipped minimum wage in Chicago, ensuring that all tipped employees receive the same hourly wage
- Building affordable, multi-bedroom housing for families to help combat enrollment loss in local CPS schools
- Fighting to reallocate public safety funds towards community-led violence prevention initiatives
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