Endorsements

The Chicago Teachers Union

“Chicago needs elected leaders we can trust who will put the concerns of students and families ahead of politics. Byron has proven his independence and longstanding commitment to ensuring children across the 25th Ward and our city receive the quality of education they deserve, and we are confident that voters who share these concerns will see in him the leadership the ward and the city needs.”

– CTU President Jesse Sharkey

The Chicago Sun-Times

“We believe Sigcho-Lopez would be a voice for reform in the City Council. When it comes to affordable housing, he is opposed to the custom of aldermanic prerogative, by which an alderman essentially can veto any project in his ward… We write all the time that the Chicago City Council must be more independent. It must do its own thinking and be less of a rubber stamp. Sigcho-Lopez could be such an alderman.”

SEIU State Council

“Byron has a long history of working with the people of the 25th Ward to bring justice and equity to working class and low-income families. I wholeheartedly believe that he represents the independent progressive leadership the 25th Ward deserves.”

– SEIU Local 73 President Dian Palmer 

David Orr

Former Cook County Clerk and 49th Ward Alderman

“I am proud to endorse Byron Sigcho-Lopez for 25th Ward Alderman. Byron is a thoughtful, principled advocate who has been at the forefront of decade-long community efforts to expose corruption and serve the needs of 25th Ward residents. His integrity of character and proven independence reflects the leadership we need to meaningfully change the culture of politics in City Hall. He will be a great alderman.”

Brandon Johnson

Cook County Commissioner, 1st District

“Byron has a well-documented history of working with coalitions to bring justice and equity to working class and low-income families. His leadership reflects the bold new direction needed in City Council. He’s an authentic, people centered courageous leader that I am proud to call my brother. I have no doubt the 25th Ward will have a true champion who will serve the interest of all the ward’s residents.”

Amara Enyia

Community organizer and former mayoral candidate

“I am standing very strongly behind Byron Sigcho-Lopez for Alderman of the 25th Ward. It is really important to me – it was something I said throughout my campaign for Mayor – to stand on an actual track record of fighting for people and fighting for our communities. Byron has done that in spades. He is a force in housing and issues of affordability. He represents what it means for us to work across neighborhoods, across race, across ethnicity. He has always stood for issues of equity, always been vocal on issues of justice in the city, he’s always been willing to speak truth to power – even when it isn’t the most popular. Byron is the kind of person we need in city council, to move the city in the right direction. That is so necessary in this time, in this moment that we are in as a city.”

The Gazette Chicago

“Sigcho-Lopez has been a very effective community activist. He will provide hope for long-time residents trying to cling to their community and he will fit well with a change in leadership in City Hall under Lori Lightfoot as Mayor. Gazette Chicago strongly endorses Byron Sigcho-Lopez for Alderman of the 25th Ward. Sigcho-Lopez has been a great community activist, and he’ll be a great alderman. He receives our endorsement.”

Fritz Kaegi

Cook County Assessor 

“Right now Chicago needs young, smart, hardworking candidates with the right values. Byron is exactly that candidate. We don’t need the usual machine-produced folks producing the same unfair results. Byron represents the exact type of leadership that the 25th ward needs.”

Luis Gutierrez

Former U.S. Representative for Illinois’s 4th Congressional District

“Byron is a respected community organizer and policy expert with a track record of fighting for political reform. Having represented a diverse district for many years, I know the importance of leaders who bring communities together to address our city’s greatest challenges. I am confident Byron will unite the ward around our shared concerns and fight to reform the culture of politics in Chicago.”

Carlos Rosa

35th Ward Alderman 

“We need people with the progressive values and independence that Byron has, but also have the policy experience and expertise to help move forward an agenda that addresses affordability, income inequality, community safety, and so many issues affecting working families in our city.”

Dick Simpson

UIC Professor of Political Science and former alderman of the 44th Ward

“Simply put, the indication of what someone will do in office is what they did before they decided to run for office. When so many people in the community were ignoring Danny Solis’s corruption for their own political gain, Byron was at the forefront of community efforts to bring about transparency and accountability. That takes real courage to challenge an incumbent alderman, and I have no doubt that Byron will be a committed reformer and independent leader in the Chicago City Council.”

Byron has also received endorsements from:

  • The Democratic Socialists of America 
  • The Independent Voters of Illinois-Independent Precinct Organization 
  • The 25th Ward Independent Political Organization
  • Network for Public Education Action
  • The University of Illinois Chicago Young Democratic Socialists of America