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
Adrienne E. Davis Cook County Judge, 2nd Subcircuit D Yes
Ebonie Davis State Representative, 25th District D No
Corean Davis State Representative, 29th District D No
Bridget Degnen Cook County Commissioner, 12th District D Yes
Kim du Buclet Metropolitan Water Reclamation District D Yes
Alexandra Eidenberg State Representative, 17th District D No
Tiana Ellis Blakely Cook County Judge, 2nd Subcircuit D Yes
Sharon Fairley Illinois Attorney General D No
Sara Feigenholtz State Representative, 12th District D Yes
Laura Fine State Senator, 9th District D Yes
Bridget M. Fitzgerald State Senator, 41st District D Yes
Sol Flores 4th Congressional District D No
Mary Flowers State Representative, 31st District D Yes
Beatriz Frausto-Sandoval Cook County Judge, 14th Subcircuit D Yes
Robyn Gabel State Representative, 18th District D Yes
Bridget Gainer Cook County Commissioner, 10th District D Yes
Ann Gillespie State Senator, 27th District D Yes
Suzanne 'Suzy' Glowiak State Senator, 24th District D Yes
Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz State Representative, 17th District D Yes
Ieshia Gray Cook County Judge D Yes
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