21st Ward - 2023 Aldermanic Race
Kweli Kwaza is founder and executive director of the Talented 10th College Prep and CareerMentoring organization. Kwaza obtained a political science degree from Northern Illinois University and serves on the NIU Black Alumni Council. Kwaza also founded the 21st Ward Block Club Network and the Young Inventors Program for 4th to 8th-graders. Kwaza also studied at the University of Chicago and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Community Psychology at National Louis University, according to his website.
Ayana Clark works as a community advocate for the retiring U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush, who represents Illinois’ 1st District, and is an alumnus of the Obama Foundation Community Leadership Corp and the Congressional Black Caucus Institute. Clark earned a master’s degree in communications from Purdue University Northwest and works with the organizations Project H.O.O.D. and Hustle Mommies — the latter of which she serves as an advisory board member.
Daliah Goree is a Chicago Police officer who has served on the force for 24 years, according to her campaign website. Goree has been involved with several 501c3 nonprofits and was previously sergeant-at-arms for Morgan Park High School.
Preston Brown Jr. is a private practice attorney accredited with the Veterans Administration and the elected Democratic Committeeman of the 34th Ward. Before redistricting, Brown ran for alderman in what was then the 34th Ward in 2019. According to his campaign website, Brown also serves on the Local School Council at Percy L. Julian High School.
Community activist Ronnie Mosley entered the race as a clear favorite, with the Chicago Defender reporting outgoing Ald. Howard Brookins Jr. (21) had endorsed Mosley the day of his campaign announcement.
The Defender reported Mosley has also secured endorsements from St. Sabina’s Father Michael Pfleger, Ald. Michelle Harris (8), Cook County Comm. Stanley Moore (D-4), state Sen. Jacqueline Collins, state Rep. Justin Slaughter and Greater Chicago Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Comm. Chakena Perry.
Mosley’s advocacy work includes gun violence prevention, cannabis legalization, education reform and voting rights.