Roberto Maldonado was first elected alderman of the 26th Ward in 2009 and was re-elected in 2011 with the largest margin of victory of any alderman on the City Council. As alderman, Maldonado has reduced public safety complaints in the ward by listening to complaints in monthly meetings. He also opened the Marine Leadership Institute that has sent 94 percent of graduates to 4-year colleges or universities.
Adam Corona was born and raised in Mexico City and later moved to Chicago, where he worked as a union laborer for 15 years. Years later, he achieved his dream of opening his own business and opened Corona’s Coffee Shop. Corona is currently the 45th Ward Streets and Sanitation superintendent. If elected, he aims to reduce foreclosure, be an advocate for senior citizens and promote economic development.
Juanita Irizarry is the statewide housing coordinator for the Office of the Governor, a position she started in January 2014. In 2007 she graduated from Harvard University with a master’s degree in public administration. Irizarry’s priorities for the ward include mixed-income community development, zoning changes, and strengthening schools.