Meet the candidates: City Council, 15th Ward

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Adolfo Mondragon


Adolfo Mondragon is the son of Mexican immigrants who was born and raised in Chicago’s Back of the Yards neighborhood. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University in Connecticut. After graduating Mondragon then returned to Chicago to work for the Hispanic Housing Development Corporation. He also received a Doctor of Law degree from the University of Chicago.


Raymond A. Lopez


Raymond Lopez is a lifelong resident of Chicago’s Southwest Side. Lopez attended St. Camillus Catholic Elementary School and later attended St. Laurence High School. He then earned a degree from University of Illinois-Chicago. Lopez previously ran for alderman of Chicago’s 15th Ward in 2011. In his campaign he is pushing for the expansion of after-school programs for grades K-12, and is looking to reduce the taxes on local businesses in major economic districts.

Rafael Yanez


Rafael Yanez is a Chicago native who spent his early childhood in Mexico. He returned to Chicago at age 9, and graduated from Jose Clemente Orozco Academy and Benito Juarez High School. Yanez attended City Colleges of Chicago before transferring to Calumet College of St. Joseph, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in law enforcement administration and a master’s degree in public safety management. He then earned a doctorate in education from Argosy University. He is currently a crime prevention specialist for the Chicago Police Department.

Eddie Daniels


Eddie Daniels is a retired Army veteran who has been a ward superintendent for seven years. Daniels holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology. He has lived in the city’s West Englewood neighborhood for almost 30 years. During his service in the 15th Ward, Daniels has worked on snow removal and garbage pick-up, as well as lights, streets, alley and sewer issues.


Otis Davis Jr.

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Raul O. Reyes


Raul Reyes was born on Chicago’s South Side to working-class immigrant parents. Reyes attended Niles College Seminary (now Saint Joseph College) in Chicago, and later earned a master’s degree in public administration/public finance. He has worked for city non-profits for 15 years, and previously worked in the Chicago City Clerk’s Office, within the City Council Division. He later served as assistant director of media relations. Reyes is an eight-year resident of the Gage Park neighborhood.


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