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Inform Your Vote: Chicago Mayor 2019

See How Chicago Mayoral Candidates’ Respond to Questions About Addressing Gender Violence

Domestic and sexual violence is epidemic throughout Chicago, affecting people from all walks of life – particularly women and girls, people of color, immigrants, people with disabilities, and the LGBTQ community. Because the Office of the Mayor has many responsibilities that impact those who have experienced gender violence, we asked our mayoral candidates to answer questions about their plans to prevent and respond to gender-based violence.

We heard back from Amara Enyia, Jerry Joyce, Lori Lightfoot, Susana Mendoza, and Toni Preckwinkle. We’re disappointed that just one of the ten male candidates chose to respond by the January 22 deadline, and hope Chicagoans continue pressing to learn what all candidates will do to end gender-based violence in Chicago.

We hope the candidates’ responses – or lack thereof – help inform your vote for the Feb. 26th election.

Click on the candidate’s names to view their reply.

Responded by 1/22

Amara Enyia

Jerry Joyce Jr.

Lori Lightfoot

Susana Mendoza

Toni Preckwinkle

Didn’t Respond by 1/22

Gery Chico • Bill Daley • Bob Fioretti • LaShawn Ford • John Kozlar • Garry McCarthy

Neal Sales-Griffith • Paul Vallas • Willie Wilson

Any delayed replies will be posted when possible.

The questionnaire was prepared and presented by:

All of these organizations are 501(c)(3) nonprofits, and are nonpartisan entities that do not support or oppose individual candidates or political parties. All responses are posted as submitted on January 22, 2019. No part of this Election Guide may be construed to be an endorsement of either candidate’s campaign or views by the six organizations listed above.

Attend the Women’s Mayoral Forum on Feb. 2nd

Want to know more about where candidates for mayor stand on issues important to women? On Saturday, February 2, the more than 50 organizations of the Chicago Women Take Action Alliance will hold a Women’s Mayoral Forum from 1 to 4 pm at the Chicago Temple, 77 W Washington, Chicago, IL. The forum is free, but tickets are required, which you may obtain by registering here.

Register to Vote

Need to register to vote or want to make sure you are correctly registered? Click here. You may also register at early voting locations or at your precinct polling place on election day Feb. 26th.


The Network is a collaborative membership organization dedicated to improving the lives of those impacted by domestic violence through education, public policy and advocacy, and the connection of community members to direct service providers.

The Network's Centralized Training Institute: The primary focus of CTI training is to prepare participants to effectively respond to and deliver quality services to victims of domestic violence and their children in an ethical and culturally appropriate manner. CTI provides training to domestic violence advocates, allied professionals, and the Chicagoland community.

The Network's Illinois Domestic Violence Hotline: The State of Illinois Domestic Violence Hotline is a 24/7, toll-free, confidential hotline. It is a collaborative program between the city’s Division of Domestic Violence and the Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women’s Network. Created in 1998, the Hotline has handled over 300,000 toll-free calls in confidence. It provides information and assistance including referrals to a wide variety of domestic violence related providers throughout the State of Illinois. It is here to help you. You are not alone.
The Network's Policy and Advocacy Agenda: In an effort to meet the needs of The Network’s membership, an advocacy agenda is created by its members every year. The Network’s members participate in differing committees to reach the agenda goals set out by the full membership. These goals focus on community engagement, innovative and collaborative programming, and researching models for developing stronger collaboration across and among providers in Chicagoland.