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
Susan Malter State Representative, 59th District D No
Natalie Manley State Representative, 98th District D Yes
Iris Y. Martinez State Senator, 20th District D Yes
Merry Marwig State Representative, 20th District D Yes
Joyce Mason State Representative, 61st District D Yes
Kelly Mazeski 6th Congressional District D No
Caroline McAteer-Fournier State Senator, 8th District D No
Susana A. Mendoza Comptroller D Yes
Debbie Meyers-Martin State Representative, 38th District D Yes
Anne Marie Miles State Representative, 25th District D No
Iris Millan State Representative, 4th District D No
Donna Miller Cook County Commissioner, 6th District D Yes
Anna Moeller State Representative, 43rd District D Yes
Val Montgomery State Representative, 41st District D Yes
Julie A. Morrison State Senator, 29th District D Yes
Meta Mueller Will County Board, 5th District D Yes
Patricia Joan Murphy Cook County Commissioner, 6th District D No
Denise Mushro-Rumchak Will County Clerk D No
Michelle Mussman State Representative, 56th District D Yes
Sameena Mustafa 5th Congressional District D No
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