38th Ward - 2023 Aldermanic Race
Bruce Randazzo is a retired city truck driver who spent three decades working for the City of Chicago in the water, aviation and streets and sanitation departments, according to a profile from Block Club Chicago.
In 2012, Randazzo ran unsuccessfully as a Democrat in Illinois state House of Representatives District 20, losing to former Republican state Rep. Michael McAuliffe. Randazzo is self-funding his campaign and does not intend to host fundraisers or solicit money from voters, though he does use campaign volunteers, Block Club reported.
Former newspaper journalist Ed Bannon’s experience in community service and activism has included serving as president of the Six Corners Association, serving on the Dever Elementary Local School Council and volunteering at The Dunning-Read Conservation Area, where he helped the Park District identify improvements to the land, according to Block Club Chicago. Bannon, who resides in Dunning, has chaired the public relations committee for the 38th Ward Democrats since 2018, according to his website.
Nicholas Sposato has made his mark on the Chicago City Council as one of few conservatives and the sole open supporter of former President Donald Trump. A lifelong resident of the Northwest Side, Sposato worked as a UPS driver and then a firefighter for 18 years before he made his bid for a City Council seat. When he ran for the 36th seat in 2011, he upset former Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s pick Ald. John Rice.
After his ward was redistricted into the 38th in 2015, he defeated incumbent Ald. Timothy Cullerton’s pick Heather Sattler and five other challengers with 53 percent of the vote.
Sposato was formerly a member of the Progressive Caucus, but departed from the group in 2017 due to disagreements on LGBTQ rights and social issues – though many members said they’d still work with him on labor issues. He ran unopposed for reelection in 2019 after he knocked opponent Ralph Pawlikowski off the ballot by challenging his petition signatures. His political differences from his fellow council members grown more apparent over his past two terms, as he has vocally opposed police accountability reform and protections for undocumented Chicagoans.
He supported Mayor Lori Lightfoot in the 2019 mayoral runoff, and has mostly voted with the mayor on policy issues. Sposato previously said he would retire in 2023, but announced his run for re-election as his overall health remains intact despite the challenges of his Multiple Sclerosis diagnosis.
Franco Reyes is a software engineer who heads his own team at Provi, an online alcohol wholesale marketplace. Reyes says on his website he’s a lifelong Chicagoan who earned his bachelor’s degree in computer science from Northern Illinois University.
Former Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago Comm. Cynthia Santos worked as chief of staff for former 30th Ward Ald. Michael Wojcik before she ran for the water district commissioner position she’d go on to hold for two decades.
Santos has served on the Illinois Pollution Control Board since 2016. Outside of government, Santos has chaired the Irving Park YMCA board, various school boards and local school councils in her community and served on the Belmont-Central Chamber of Commerce board, she told Block Club Chicago.