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
GaylonAlcarazCook County Board of Commissioners, 4th DistrictDNowww.gaylon2018.com/
BushraAmiwalaCook County Commissioner, 13th DistrictDNowww.amiwala2018.com/
AlmaAnayaCook County Commissioner, 7th DistrictDYesalmaforcookcounty.com/
BeckyAnderson Wilkins6th Congressional DistrictDNowww.beckyforillinois.com/
PatriciaAveryLieutenant GovernorDNohardimanforillinois.org/
Maria M.BarlowCook County Board of Commissioners, 4th DistrictNowww.maria4commissioner.com/
AlyssiaBenfordState Representative, 98th DistrictRYeswww.alyssiabenford.com/
AmandaBielaState Representative, 15th DistrictRYesamandabiela.com/
CynthiaBorbasState Representative, 45th DistrictDYeswww.cynthiaborbas.com/
RivandaBoss BealCook County Judge, 15th SubcircuitDNodossbeal4judge.com/
Felicia N.BullockState Representative, 5th DistrictDNowww.feliciabullock.com/
Kelly M.BurkeState Representative, 36th DistrictDYeswww.ilga.gov/house/rep.asp?MemberID=2382
MaryCarvlinState Representative, 28th DistrictDNowww.marycarvlinforstaterep.com/
Kelly M.CassidyState Representative, 14th DistrictDYeswww.repcassidy.com/
GraceChan McKibbenState Representative, 25th DistrictDNogracechanmckibben.org/
CaroleCheney6th Congressional DistrictDNocaroleforcongress.com/
CandanceChowState Representative, 17th DistrictDNowww.candancechow.com/
Angelique N.CollinsState Representative, 25th DistrictDNowww.friendsforangeliquecollins.com/
MelissaConyears-ErvinState Representative, 10th DistrictDYeswww.conyearservin.com/
SadiaCovertDuPage County Board, 5th DistrictD

 

First posted in Rebellious Magazine: https://rebelliousmagazine.com/chicago-area-women-running-for-office-2018/

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