33rd Ward Candidate Forum: Rodriguez Sanchez vs. Incumbent Ald. Mell

(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.

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Robert Quellos
As many as 5 socialists could join City Council after election successes Tuesday

(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.

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Robert Quellos
Community Theater Artist, Teacher Running For 33rd Ward Alderman Against Deb Mell

(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.

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Robert Quellos
Is a Puerto Rican native running for Chicago alderman the next Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez?

(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.

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Kenneth Barrios