Chicago-area Women Running for Office in 2018

women running for office in Chicago in 2018

The bad political news: Well, you know. The good news: In response, there are thousands of women running for office in Chicago, all over the country and the world.

Emily’s List, considered the largest national resource for women in politics, reported in December 2017 that more than 25,000 women had contacted the organization about running for office since the 2016 disaster, er, election. And more than 8,000 people had signed up to help women run for office. 

And if you know of a woman who you’d love to see in an elected office, the organization She Should Run has an Ask a Woman to Run for Office tool that lets you submit their names. The group has set out to get 250,000 women to run by the year 2030. #250KBY2030

Here in Chicago, to keep the momentum of this year’s Women’s March to the Polls going, we’re compiling a list of women candidates. As a bonus, we’ve also included women running for statewide office who aren’t in the Chicago area. We’ve also got a list of steps you can take to make sure you’re ready for the March 20, 2018, primary and the Nov. 6 general election. 

This ambitious list is very much a work in progress, so if you have any suggestions, recommendations or candidates’ names, please let us know!

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First NameLast NameRunning ForPartyGeneral Election?Website
Gaylon Alcaraz Cook County Board of Commissioners, 4th District D No www.gaylon2018.com/
Bushra Amiwala Cook County Commissioner, 13th District D No www.amiwala2018.com/
Alma Anaya Cook County Commissioner, 7th District D Yes almaforcookcounty.com/
Becky Anderson Wilkins 6th Congressional District D No www.beckyforillinois.com/
Patricia Avery Lieutenant Governor D No hardimanforillinois.org/
Maria M. Barlow Cook County Board of Commissioners, 4th District No www.maria4commissioner.com/
Alyssia Benford State Representative, 98th District R Yes www.alyssiabenford.com/
Amanda Biela State Representative, 15th District R Yes amandabiela.com/
Cynthia Borbas State Representative, 45th District D Yes www.cynthiaborbas.com/
Rivanda Boss Beal Cook County Judge, 15th Subcircuit D No dossbeal4judge.com/
Felicia N. Bullock State Representative, 5th District D No www.feliciabullock.com/
Kelly M. Burke State Representative, 36th District D Yes www.ilga.gov/house/rep.asp?MemberID=2382
Mary Carvlin State Representative, 28th District D No www.marycarvlinforstaterep.com/
Kelly M. Cassidy State Representative, 14th District D Yes www.repcassidy.com/
Grace Chan McKibben State Representative, 25th District D No gracechanmckibben.org/
Carole Cheney 6th Congressional District D No caroleforcongress.com/
Candance Chow State Representative, 17th District D No www.candancechow.com/
Angelique N. Collins State Representative, 25th District D No www.friendsforangeliquecollins.com/
Melissa Conyears-Ervin State Representative, 10th District D Yes www.conyearservin.com/
Sadia Covert DuPage County Board, 5th District D No www.voteforcovert.com/
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