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United Working Families (UWF) is an independent political organization based in Chicago, Illinois. It was formed in 2014 as a coalition between the Chicago Teachers Union, SEIU Healthcare Illinois Indiana, Grassroots Illinois Action, and Action Now. Although it is not a formal political party, the organization recruits and trains political candidates and organizers, endorses and provides support to political candidates, and engages in community organizing. Its stated goal is to "create space for independent politics" in Chicago and Illinois and to enact a "vision for a city and a state that provides for the many, not just the wealthy few." The organization has been characterized as part of the progressive movement and the labor movement.
2015 Chicago municipal elections
In 2015, UWF backed the candidacy of Jesus "Chuy" Garcia against incumbent mayor Rahm Emanuel. Garcia placed second in the first round and proceeded to the run-off election, where he lost to Emanuel.
The below table shows the candidates endorsed by UWF in the 2015 Chicago aldermanic election.
|Candidate||Ward||Status||Result||Percentage of votes won|
|Leslie Hairston||5||Incumbent||Won in first round||52.55%|
|Roderick Sawyer||6||Incumbent||Won in first round||56.2%|
|Tara Baldridge||8||Challenger||Lost in first round||15.67%|
|Susan Sadlowski-Garza||10||Challenger||Won in run-off||50.09% (run-off); 24.09% (first round)|
|Toni Foulkes||16||Incumbent[nb 1]||Won in run-off||50.94% (run-off); 47.65% (first round)|
|David Moore||17||Open seat||Won in first round||52.93%|
|Ricardo Muñoz||22||Incumbent||Won in first round||57.65%|
|Juanita Izirray||26||Challenger||Lost in first round||33.89%|
|Zerlina Smith||29||Challenger||Lost in first round||4.66%|
|Scott Waugespack||32||Incumbent||Won in first round||78.95%|
|Tim Meegan||33||Challenger||Lost in first round||34.01%|
|Carlos Ramirez-Rosa||35||Challenger||Won in first round||67.26%|
|Tara Stamps||37||Challenger||Lost in run-off||46.99% (run-off); 32.13% (first round)|
|Nicholas Sposato||38||Incumbent[nb 2]||Won in first round||53.58%|
|John Arena||45||Incumbent||Won in run-off||53.89% (run-off); 45.46% (first round)|
2018 Illinois and Cook County elections
UWF endorsed the following candidates in the 2018 Illinois elections:
2019 Chicago municipal elections
UWF did not make an endorsement in the 2019 mayoral election, but did create a digital advertisement featuring activists who critiqued candidate Lori Lightfoot for actions during her tenure as president of the Chicago Police Board. Lightfoot proceeded to win the election.
The below table shows the candidates endorsed by UWF in the 2019 Chicago aldermanic election. All endorsed candidates who won would later join the City Council's Progressive Reform Caucus.
|Candidate||Ward||Status||Early endorsement||Result||Percentage of votes won|
|Cleopatra Watson||9||Challenger||No||Lost in first round||25.80%|
|Susan Sadlowski Garza||10||Incumbent||Yes||Won in first round||68.82%|
|Tanya Patiño||14||Challenger||No||Lost in first round||29.40%|
|Rafael Yañez||15||Challenger||No||Lost in run-off||40.30% (run-off); 21.83% (first round)|
|Jeanette Taylor||20||Open seat||Yes||Won in run-off||59.71% (run-off); 28.78% (first round)|
|Michael Rodríguez||22||Open seat||Yes||Won in first round||63.80%|
|Byron Sigcho-Lopez||25||Open seat||No[nb 3]||Won in run-off||54.20% (run-off); 29.23% (first round)|
|Rossana Rodríguez Sanchez||33||Challenger||Yes||Won in run-off||50.06% (run-off); 42.05% (first round)|
|Carlos Ramirez-Rosa||35||Incumbent||Yes||Won in first round||59.43%|
|Tara Stamps||37||Challenger||No||Lost in first round||40.17%|
|Andre Vasquez||40||Challenger||No[nb 4]||Won in run-off||53.87% (run-off); 20.09% (first round)|
|John Arena||45||Incumbent||No||Lost in first round||36.21%|
|Erika Wozniak Francis||46||Challenger||Yes||Lost in first round||16.84%|
|Matt Martin||47||Open seat||No||Won in run-off||62.50% (run-off); 39.31% (first round)|
|Maria Hadden||49||Challenger||Yes||Won in first round||63.37%|
2020 Illinois and Cook County elections
UWF endorsed the following candidates in the 2020 Illinois elections:
In May 2019, all UWF-endorsed candidates who won in the 2019 Chicago aldermanic election (along with alderman Daniel La Spata) signed onto a legislative policy agenda entitled "Our 100 Day Plan to Reimagine Chicago." The agenda includes ordinances supporting public housing and affordable housing, a new real estate transfer tax, an increased minimum wage, a Community Benefits Agreement for the Obama Presidential Center, eliminating exemptions in Chicago's welcoming city ordinance, and reform of tax increment financing.
In November 2019, aldermen affiliated with UWF hosted a series of town halls on the city budget, in support of their proposed alternatives to Mayor Lightfoot's budget. The organization itself released a statement opposing the mayor's budget on the grounds that it lacked funding for affordable housing, failed to re-open closed mental health clinics, and did not contain sufficient progressive revenue measures. On November 26, eight of the nine UWF-endorsed aldermen voted against Lightfoot's budget proposal, which passed by a vote of 39–11.
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Delegates and Affiliates
United Working Families. 2019-11-26. Retrieved 2019-12-16.
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Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 2019-11-30.
- ^Foulkes was previously the alderman of the 15th ward, but ran in the 16th ward due to redistricting.
- ^Sposato was previously the alderman of the 36th ward, but ran in the 38th ward due to redistricting.
- ^Endorsed after the first round.
- ^Endorsed after the first round.
- ^Villanueva was initially endorsed when she was the incumbent State Representative for the 13th district and running for re-election in that seat.
On January 7, 2020, she was appointed to fill a vacancy in the State Senate seat for 11th district.