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
Erica L. Green DuPage County Board, 6th District D No
Erika Harold Illinois Attorney General R Yes
Sonya Marie Harper State Representative, 6th District D Yes
Elizabeth "Lisa" Hernandez State Representative, 24th District D Yes
Patricia Horton Cook County Commissioner, 3rd District D No
Amanda Howland 6th Congressional District D No
Mattie Hunter State Senate, 3rd District D Yes
Frances Ann Hurley State Representative, 35th District D Yes
Adrienne Irmer State Representative, 25th District D No
Jeanne Ives Governor R No
Robin Kelly 2nd Congressional District D Yes
Ammie Kessem State Representative, 19th District R Yes
Amanda Koch Will County Board, District 2 D Yes
Kimberly Nicole Koschnitzky State Representative, 28th District D No
Mary Ann Kosiak Cook County Commissioner, 10th District D No
Lynn LaPlante DuPage County Board Chair(wo)man D Yes
Camille Lilly State Representative, 78th District D Yes
Mary Rita Luecke State Representative, 17th District D No
Theresa Mah State Representative, 2nd District D Yes
Kathryn Maloney Vahey Cook County Judge D Yes
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