31st Ward - 2023 Aldermanic Race
Esteban Burgoa Ontañon moved to Chicago from Mexico when he was 16, according to reporting from Block Club Chicago. For decades, he was involved in the local school politics in his community, and he served in the U.S. Navy overseas during the Iraq War. Ontañon landed in hot water in 2019 when he filmed inside the residence of 30th Ward aldermanic candidate Jessica Gutierrez — allegedly in support of Ald. Ariel Reboyras (30). Ontañon posted the footage on social media, revealing Gutierrez’s address, which led her to file a police report, Block Club Chicago reported.
Ald. Felix Cardona, Jr. (31) is seeking a second term representing the 31st Ward after ousting incumbent former Ald. Milagros “Milly” Santiago in 2019. Cardona got his start working for former Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios; first when Berrios was on the Cook County Board of Review and then later in the assessor’s office, as well as for Berrios-backed political campaigns, though Cardona has since distanced himself from Berrios.
Cardona is a member of the City Council’s Progressive Caucus and while on council supported the Just Cause Eviction Ordinance. Cardona has been the 31st Ward Democratic Committeeperson since 2020.