The Chicago chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America has endorsed Angela Clay, Mueze Bawany, and Oscar Sanchez in the upcoming 2023 Aldermanic Election.
These endorsements follow a first round of pre-petition endorsements in August in which Chicago DSA endorsed incumbent socialist City Council members Carlos Ramirez-Rosa, Daniel La Spata, Jeanette Taylor, and Rossana Rodriguez-Sanchez, as well as 48th Ward candidate Nick Ward, bringing the total number of Chicago DSA-endorsed aldermanic candidates to eight.
All three candidates who earned Chicago DSA’s endorsement this month are committed socialist champions of Chicago’s working class.
46th Ward candidate Angela Clay seeks to fill the vacancy brought by Ald. James Cappleman’s retirement. Clay is running on a platform which centers housing justice initiatives like the Just Cause For Eviction ordinance and lifting the Illinois ban on rent control, in an effort to combat the rapid gentrification of the Uptown neighborhood in which she was born and raised.
50th Ward candidate Mueze Bawany seeks to unseat Ald. Debra Silverstein. Bawany, who was raised in West Ridge by working class Pakistani parents, is a public school teacher and community activist. If elected, he would serve as Chicago’s first Muslim Alderman.
10th Ward candidate Oscar Sanchez announced his candidacy before his opponent, Ald. Susan Sadowski Garza, joined the wave of incumbents retiring from City Council ahead of the 2023 Aldermanic Elections. Sanchez is an organizer best known for taking part in a 30-day hunger strike to prevent notorious polluter General Iron from relocating to a site near a 10th Ward school.
“I joined CDSA nearly two years ago to be part of the on-the-ground organizing that has uplifted working class voices throughout Chicago,” said Sanchez. “I am incredibly honored to receive a CDSA endorsement, and am looking forward to standing alongside the other Democratic Socialist candidates as we fight to bring transformative change to City Hall.”