Rey Colon is a lifelong resident of the 35th Ward, and has served as alderman there since 2003. He attended Darwin Elementary School and Schurz High School. He studied at Columbia College and completed the Community Management Program in the Office of Public Administration at Roosevelt University. Since the 1979 murder of his brother in a drive-by gang shooting, Alderman Colon has dedicated himself to giving children and families alternatives for improving their lives.
Carlos Ramirez-Rosa is a lifelong Chicagoan and a community organizer, working with the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights and Congressman Luis Gutierrez. He is a graduate of Chicago Public Schools and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is a member of the Avondale-Logandale Local School Council and the National Organization of Legal Services Workers. Carlos is the first openly gay Latino candidate in the city’s history hoping to enact serious financial reform.