The Chicago Election is near. Here are some AAPI candidates that are running for their respective Wards.

Leni Hoppenworth

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She has been an Andersonville resident for more than 20 years. She is a daughter of Filipino immigrants, a mom of three children, and is the first queer woman of color running to represent the 48th Ward. Leni Manaa-Hoppenworth served as the Director of Operations for the Illinois Chapter of the Women’s March on Washington in 2016. The year after, in 2017 she started ILVOTE, which is an organization that aims to “help the electorate stay informed and engaged in every election” around the state. Because of this, she was awarded the Peggy A. Montes Unsung Heroine Award of Cook County in 2018. Just last year, because of her work as the co-chair of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee, she was awarded by the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce with the Kurt Mathiasson Award for community leadership.

Roxanne Volkmann

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Roxanne has been a resident of Edgewater for 25 years. She is a proud working mom with more than 30 years of public service. A graduate from Kennedy School of Government at Harvard with an Executive Education as a community builder, Roxanne also worked as the Director of Constituent Services for a US Senator. Currently as a protector of workers’ rights, she has helped recover 843 workers.

James Suh

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Being a resident for almost 10 years, James has made the 45th ward his home and mission. A father, a husband, and a small business owner, he is known to “walk his talk” and push for “common sense solutions on economic development and public safety.” James has helped raise a fundraiser for Chicago Public Schools, hand-built twelve sawhorses with his daughter to donate to two schools, and organized a family-friendly rally with 200 neighbors to call for an advancement of a $130M development project which was delayed by a local official among others.

Nicole Lee

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A lifelong resident of 11th Ward and Bridgeport, Nicole is a proud product of Chicago Public High School who aims to serve the community she and her children will live in. Since Nicole took office, she has secured extra $2.1M for the Ramova Theatre Project, made the Community Zoning Change Meetings recorded and available to the public, and “has been committed to bringing an open enrollment neighborhood high school” through the creation of the Near South High School.

Feb 25, 2023

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