39th Ward - 2023 Aldermanic Race
Ald. Samantha Nugent (39) was first elected to the City Council in 2019. Before being elected alderman, Nugent worked for the Cook County Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, the British Consulate and former Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan. Nugent earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Connecticut and a Juris Doctor from the Loyola University Chicago School of Law. She has the backing of multiple labor groups and elected officials such as Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart, State Sen. Sara Feigenholtz (D-Chicago), City Clerk Anna Valencia and City Treasurer Melissa Conyears-Ervin.
Denali Dasgupta is a progressive candidate and data researcher who has performed data work and analysis for New York City’s Citizens’ Housing and Planning Council and for the policy division of the city’ s Comptroller’s Office. Dasgupta earned a bachelor’s degree in linguistics from Yale University and a master’s degree in urban planning, housing and economic development from New York University. She has lived in Chicago since 2011 and she has her own business called Higher Ground Data. Dasgupta has worked with 39th Ward Neighbors United, according to Block Club Chicago , as well as campaigned for Michael Rabbit, a candidate for Illinois’ 15th House District who lost to incumbent state Rep. Mike Kelly. Dasgupta is endorsed by the progressive group United Working Families.