Sexual and domestic 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*. We 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.

*Gery Chico, LaShawn Ford and Willie Wilson submitted responses after the deadline. They are now available below. 

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

Responded After the 1/22 Deadline

 Gery Chico

LaShawn Ford

 Willie Wilson

Have Not Responded

Bill Daley • Bob Fioretti • John Kozlar • Garry McCarthy

Neal Sales-Griffith • Paul Vallas

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 hereYou may also register at early voting locations or at your precinct polling place on election day Feb. 26th.