July 22, 2022

Mayor Lightfoot Announces Process to Fill 43rd Ward Vacancy

Process seeks to identify passionate public servant to serve as Alderman

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CHICAGO — Today, Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot announced the process to identify a qualified candidate to become the next Alderman of Chicago’s 43rd ward. Interested candidates must have lived in the 43rd ward for at least one year prior to their appointment, demonstrate their passion for public service, and most importantly, have proven themselves to be someone who represents the 43rd Ward community. 

"I want to thank Michele for her decades of service to the 43rd Ward and the City of Chicago," said Mayor Lightfoot. "Michele is not only a champion for equity and good governance, but someone I consider a friend. While I wish her all the best in this next chapter of her life, I look forward to finding the best person possible to represent and serve the 43rd Ward and move our city toward a more equitable future." 

As has been done in years prior for open Aldermanic seats, this process must be completed within 60 days. Starting on Friday, July 22nd, interested candidates will be able to submit applications to aldermanicvacancy@cityofchicago.org or mail applications to City Hall, care of the 43rd Ward Vacancy Committee. Applications are due August 5th by 5:00 p.m. CT. Once applications close, the names and resumes of each applicant will be made publicly available, and a committee will begin reviewing each application thoroughly. 

Mayor Lightfoot is also seeking input from 43rd Ward residents on their priorities for the ward and for their new Alderman. If you are a resident of the 43rd Ward, please submit your feedback at the survey linked here.

Mayor Lightfoot will form a search committee to review applications, interview candidates, and make a recommendation on the final slate of candidates. A final candidate will be selected by Mayor Lightfoot. Once confirmed, the appointed Alderman will remain in place until the next Aldermanic election in 2023. 

Details regarding this selection process can be found online at www.chicago.gov/ward43application