Meet the candidates: City Council, 31st Ward

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Sean Starr

Sean Starr grew up on Chicago’s Northwest Side, the son of a Chicago Public Schools teacher. He has a master’s degree in English from UIC and is also a graduate of DePaul University Law School. Sean taught English at Columbia College and also started a labor and employment law practice. His primary practice area involved representing the Chicago Police Union against the City of Chicago.


Irma Cornier

Irma Cornier was raised in Chicago, where she grew up in the Belmont Cragin neighborhood. She is a graduate of Columbia College and earned her M.A. in social justice and community development from Loyola University Chicago. Cornier has been organizing community events in the Belmont Cragin neighborhood for more than a decade. She also works with the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center.


Milagros “Milly” Santiago

Milly Santiago came to Chicago in 1976 and started working as a bilingual clerk for Chicago Public Schools in the Department of Bilingual Education. She was a member of the US Army Reserves and has worked as a TV reporter for Telemundo. Santiago became the first chief of staff for former Alderman Billy Ocasio. She has been endorsed by Illinois Congressman Luis Gutierrez.


Ray Suarez

Ray Suarez was born in Yauco, Puerto Rico. He has served as alderman of the 31st Ward since 1991 and has more than 30 years of public service.  Prior to his election as alderman, Suarez coordinated the Comprehensive Employment and Training Act Programs (C.E.T.A.) for the Department of Streets and Sanitation. He also served in the Mayor’s Office as an Administrative Assistant. Suarez says he is a firm believer in giving back to his residents and is committed to keeping a healthy school environment.

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