*Click here for our 35th Ward Progressive Voter Guide for the February 28 election*
My name is Carlos Ramirez-Rosa, and for the past seven years, I’ve had the honor and pleasure of representing portions of Avondale, Hermosa, Irving Park, and Logan Square as 35th Ward alderman.
In 2015, I ran for 35th Ward alderman against a twelve-year incumbent because I felt Chicagoans deserved a more responsive City Hall that put our neighborhoods and working families first. With the support of neighbors and community organizations, we won 67% of the vote.
In 2019, despite being outspent almost three-to-one by a formidable opponent funded by big landlords, developers, and special interests, we won re-election with more votes than we received in 2015 – our movement and our volunteers made the difference.
In 2023, I’m running for re-election because I love Chicago – I love our diversity, our neighborhoods, and our families; and I know that continuing the work we’re doing in our 35th Ward is critical to helping our neighbors in need and transforming our city for the better.
I’m proud that during my time as 35th Ward alderman, we have moved our ward and our city in a more progressive direction, and – so importantly – we’ve sought to tackle our shared challenges by building coalitions, bringing people together, and providing resources to help families.
In the 35th Ward, we’ve built new affordable housing and passed historic legislation to address displacement. We’ve passed public safety ordinances to ensure no one is afraid to call 9-1-1 and that Chicagoans have a real say over policing in their neighborhoods. At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, we helped seniors get vaccinated and helped connect families and small businesses with the resources they needed to survive.
We’ve invested in our neighborhood schools. We’ve attracted new investment to the ward. We’ve made necessary pedestrian and traffic safety improvements and worked to institute good, honest government where our ward’s residents and families – not special interests – come first.
While public policy experts and organizations have recognized our 35th Ward’s efforts as a model of good governance, our local efforts have also drawn the ire of moneyed interests who have an interest at odds with the public good.
An opponent filed to run but was found by the Chicago Board of Elections to lack the necessary signatures to make the ballot. I am running unopposed, and I remain committed to earning your vote.
As always, do not hesitate to contact me with any questions at [email protected] or (773) 219-3774. I look forward to connecting with you soon.
P.S. - United Neighbors of the 35th Ward, our ward's grassroots, independent political organization, has released a 35th Ward Progressive Voter Guide for the February 28 municipal election. I invite you to read the 35th Ward Progressive Voter Guide by clicking here.