John A. Pope
John Pope is the incumbent alderman for Chicago’s 10th Ward. Pope is a lifelong resident of the 10th Ward, and attended Mount Carmel High School. He then attended Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana, where he earned a degree in economics. As alderman, Pope has supported legislative efforts for immigration rights, affordable housing initiatives, and the extension of the Landfill Moratorium. His administration also oversaw the opening of two new schools and the Chicago Manufacturing Center.
Susan Sadlowski Garza
Susan Sadlowski Garza is a lifelong resident of the 10th Ward and has worked in Chicago Public Schools for 20 years. Garza is the area vice president of the Chicago Teachers Union, for which she is in charge of 69 schools. She also works as a counselor for Chicago Public Schools. Garza earned a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts, as well as a master’s degree in counseling. In her campaign she is pushing for “participatory budgeting strategies” for the 10th Ward, and is in favor of government transparency, including monthly surveys to residents.
Richard L. Martinez Jr.
Richard L. Martinez Jr. was born in Buffalo, New York, but raised in Chicago’s South Chicago neighborhood. Martinez comes from a family of steel workers and organized labor. Martinez attended J. N. Thorp Elementary and Morgan Park High School. He later earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and criminal justice from Loyola University Chicago. Martinez is also the president and co-founder of the South Chicago Consortium, which aims to provide funding and services for after-school programs in the South Chicago neighborhood.
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Samantha M. Webb
Samantha M. Webb is a Chicago Police officer who is married to an Army veteran and Chicago Police officer. Webb has lived in Chicago’s 10th Ward all her life. Her family has lived in the ward for more than 50 years, after her grandfather moved to America from the Middle East and began working in steel mills. Webb holds a master’s degree in public administration and a bachelor’s degree in business administration. Webb considers public safety a cornerstone of her campaign. She is pushing for the hiring of more police officers, and is looking to improve the relationship between officers and their communities.
Olga Bautista is a Chicago community organizer. Bautista has served as a local school council parent representative at John L. Marsh School, a YWCA Crisis Intervention specialist and a board member of the Immigrant Defense Alliance. In her campaign she is vowing to create a safe and healthy environment for children, and to demand a revitalization plan that will bring sustainable jobs to the ward. Bautista attended Bowen High School and Olive Harvey College.
Juan B. Huizar
Juan B. Huizar is a first-generation American, a son to Mexican immigrants. His mother, Maria, worked for AT&T for 33 years, while his father, Juan Sr., worked for U.S. Steel and Republic Steel, and now works for Canadian National Railway. Huizar was raised in the South Chicago neighborhood and attended W.K. Sullivan and Our Lady of Guadalupe school until his family moved to the East Side neighborhood. He later earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from Roosevelt University.