33rd Ward Candidate Forum: Rodriguez Sanchez vs. Incumbent Ald. Mell
Chicago’s next mayor could face emboldened, progressive City Council
(Chicago Tonight, March 14, 2019) The margin of votes between the 33rd Ward’s top two candidates in last month’s election was among the closest of the 15 Chicago wards heading into runoffs on April 2.
Community activist Rossana Rodriguez Sanchez took the lead with 42.05 percent of the vote, followed by incumbent Ald. Deb Mell, who received 41.29 percent of the vote – a difference of less than 100 votes. A third candidate, Katie Sieracki, obtained 16.66 percent of the votes.
As many as 5 socialists could join City Council after election successes Tuesday
(Chicago Tribune, Feb. 4, 2019) In 2015, teacher Tim Meegan nearly pushed Ald. Deb Mell to a runoff. Though unsuccessful, that campaign inspired greater community organizing that has supported Rossana Rodriguez Sanchez in her bid to unseat Mell. On Tuesday, Rodriguez Sanchez took the most votes in a three-person race, setting up a runoff with Mell.
Amid departures and upheaval, progressive candidates see path to Chicago City Council
(Chicago Sun-Times, Feb. 27, 2019) Socialist Rosanna Rodríguez-Sánchez will be in April’s runoff against incumbent Ald. Deb Mell (33rd). Rodríguez-Sánchez broke into tears at her election-night party at Chief O’Neill’s in Avondale after hearing she’d gotten the most votes in a three-way race.
“Chicago had a way of doing politics, and I feel like that died tonight,” Rodríguez-Sánchez said. “I’m very very confident that I’m going to win” in April.
“We Have a Right to the Resources That We Create”
(Chicago Tribune, Jan. 19, 2019) “At a national level and at a local level, we are floating ideas that for a long time we thought were impossible,” she said. “We might not be there yet, but those things are becoming real possibilities to people.”
A Progressive Platform To Take Back Chicago in 2019
(Jacobin, Oct. 26, 2018) “Because we are humans, we have the right to a good life. We have a right to the resources that we create."
Community Theater Artist, Teacher Running For 33rd Ward Alderman Against Deb Mell
(In These Times, Sep. 25, 2018)
By Carlos Ramirez-Rosa & Rossana Rodriguez
With Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel out, progressive candidates should embrace a bold redistributive platform that meets the demands of the city’s social movements.
Is a Puerto Rican native running for Chicago alderman the next Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez?
(Block Club Chicago, Sep. 19, 2018) AVONDALE — Community organizer Rossana Rodriguez, who got her start leading protests in Puerto Rico, wants to be the next leader of the 33rd Ward.
Rodriguez said the focus of her campaign is “to fight for a strong diverse community where people are safe, healthy and their needs are met.” The ward needs more housing for low-income people, fully funded local public schools and protection for immigrants, she said.
(Chicago Reader, July 19, 2018) Rossana Rodríguez-Sánchez is running in next year's election for City Council in Chicago, but her phone keeps blowing up over an election held almost 1,000 miles away. In New York City, there's a different working-class Latina with Puerto Rican roots running as a long-shot socialist candidate against an incumbent in the Democratic Party.