40th Ward - 2023 Aldermanic Race
Jane Lucius - 2023 Aldermanic Candidate
Jane Lucius and her husband are small business owners and longtime Edgewater residents, according to her website. Lucius has served as a beat facilitator for the Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy program in the 24th police district and as president of Neighbors of Edgewater West.
Eddie Enrigue Gonzalez - 2023 Aldermanic Candidate
Christian Blume - 2023 Aldermanic Candidate
Attorney Christian Blume is a Lincoln Square resident who attended law school at University of Illinois-Chicago. While in law school, Blume was in the Environmental Law Society and was managing editor of The John Marshall Law Review. Blume said he has provided pro-bono legal services to people dealing with mortgage foreclosures through Chicago Volunteer Legal Services and helped first responders through the Chicago Bar Association Wills for Heroes program. Though a private practice lawyer now, Blume was previously an assistant corporation counsel for the City of Chicago.
Andre Vasquez - 2023 Aldermanic Candidate
Andre Vasquez Jr. was a political novice prior to the 2016 elections, when he began organizing for Bernie Sanders after meeting him at a campaign event. He canvassed for Sanders and went on to become the chair of the Reclaim Chicago North Chapter, where he campaigned and held community events for both Daniel Biss and state Sen. Ram Villivalam (D-Chicago).
Prior to serving on the City Council, Vasquez was a battle rapper and worked as an AT&T statewide area manager. In the 2019 election, he challenged former Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s floor leader and longtime incumbent Patrick O’Connor. Vasquez campaigned on overhauling the practice of aldermanic prerogative and democratizing the development process. “[A]ldermen need to stop looking at their wards like fiefdoms,” Vasquez said in an interview with the Chicago Sun-Times.