McKinley Park Candidates Guide

Candidates File to Run in Local Ward, Police Council Elections

Published December 1, 2022

Candidates for local elected positions representing Chicago's McKinley Park neighborhood filed their petitions to participate in the 2023 Chicago Municipal General Election, slated for February 28.

 
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In addition to those vying to become Chicago's mayor, filings included those for City Council representatives for the 11th and 12th wards, and community members representing the 9th District in the Chicago Police Department's new District Council program.

 
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The ward map of McKinley Park shows how the neighborhood is divided between the 11th Ward (in brown) and the 12th Ward (in green).The ward map of McKinley Park shows how the neighborhood is divided between the 11th Ward (in brown) and the 12th Ward (in green).The McKinley Park neighborhood is irregularly split between the 11th Ward and the 12th Ward due to backdoor gerrymandering imposed on the citizens of Chicago via a City Council vote in May 2022 with the support of all affected incumbents: 12th Ward Alderman George Cardenas, 11th Ward Alderwoman Nicole Lee and 25th Ward Alderman Byron Sigcho-Lopez.

12th Ward Candidates

As publicly posted by the City of Chicago, the candidates who have filed to represent the 12th Ward in the Chicago City Council, and their local addresses, are:

  • Anabel Abarca, 2266 W. 37th St.
  • Julia M. Ramirez, 3949 S. Rockwell St.
  • Joseph E. Mercado, 3014 W. 38th St.

 
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11th Ward Candidates

As publicly shared by the City of Chicago, the candidates who have filed to represent the 11th Ward in the Chicago City Council, and their local addresses, are:

  • Nicole Lee (incumbent), 329 W. 24th Place
  • Ambria Taylor, 1335 W. 32nd St.
  • Anthony "Tony" Ciaravino, 4183 S. Emerald Ave.
  • Elvira "Vida" Jimenez, 3000 S. Throop St.
  • Froylan "Froy" Jimenez, 2902 S. Poplar Ave.
  • Steve Demitro, 1920 W. 34th Place
  • Don Don, 2828 S. Princeton Ave.

9th District Council, Chicago Police Department

The Chicago Police Department's new District Council program is among the latest changes to Chicago's community policing initiatives, giving three community members elected from each police district oversight into police operations and direct lines of communications into the department.

 
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The candidates that have filed to run for council positions in the 9th District, which covers all of the McKinley Park neighborhood, include:

  • Carlos Sanchez
  • Evelyn Razo
  • Nolberto Casas
  • Denise E. McBroom
  • Erin Vogel
  • Abraham "Abe" Matthew
  • Maggie Finucane
  • Monserrate E. Ayala
  • Robert Iu

 
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Appointment to City Council

The retirement of 12th Ward Alderman George Cardenas into a new elected position at the Cook County Board of Review means that Mayor Lori Lightfoot has until January 29, 2023, to name his replacement from the four people who applied to fill his seat:

  • Anabel Abarca
  • Robert Abeldano
  • Lydia Arroya
  • Anthony Wojtal

Petition Challenges

Candidates for ward elections must very often validate their submitted petitions to be on the ballot, as competitors regularly challenge each other to get petition signatures thrown out. Chicago's Board of Election Commissioners sets the minimum number of petitions required for each ward based on population.

 
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The deadline for candidates to file objections to another's petitions is Monday, December 5, 2022.

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