Candidate for Chicago City Council

About the Candidate

Name: Aida Flores
DOB: Nov. 15, 1985
Occupation: Candidate for Alderman of the 25th Ward
Political Experience: N/A – Civic Experience: High school Social Studies teacher. Assistant Principal and Principal in the Chicago Public Schools.

Candidate Statement

I'm Aida Flores and I'm running to be Alderman of the 25th Ward.

Let's be inspired by the What If's in our lives.

What if we could color outside the lines of our political future?

What if we weren't forced to choose from our standard, hand-picked politicians, pushing the same negative campaign strategies?

Instead, let's embrace something bold, different and inspiring.

Let's embrace the idea that our 25th Ward could be led by its first female Alderman.

Let's embrace a positive and compassionate campaign platform, conceptualized from a true commitment to improve our communities. Pilsen, West Loop, Chinatown, ABLA Homes, Little Italy, South Loop-I see you. All our communities matter and deserve the full priority of our elected officials.

I'm a mom, an educator, a leader, and a lifelong Chicagoan.

I've spent my life embracing the What If's:

What if I could finish high school despite getting pregnant at 14?

What if I could be the first in my family to go away to college AND graduate from Harvard?

What if I could set an example for my children that we don't have to be limited by our circumstances nor traditions, but rather, become the leaders we want to see?

We all have our own stories and motivation. My story has led me to want to run for this office because I believe I will create jobs, add more affordable housing to the 25th, protect our undocumented people, and invest in a quality education for every child.

This is a pivotal time in our city's history. Our communities are changing and we need a leader who is persistent, shows compassion and acts with love.

Vote for me, Aida Flores, on February 26th to bring positive change to the 25th Ward. Thank you.

Candidate Q&A

What is your vision for this office?

The 25th Ward is diverse, beautiful, and full of opportunity for everyone. It is a ward where we can plant our roots, raise our children, and contribute to the success of the greater community. I put my name in the race for Alderwoman not to be bought by the system, but to model what is possible when we stop electing politicians and politicians in training and elect a public servant.

It's time for housing that's truly affordable for everyone, especially those who work the hardest, day in, and day out. It's time for smarter economic development that leaves no one behind and brings jobs right here -- to our neighborhoods. It's time for our schools to be fully supported, more green spaces in our neighborhoods, and to help small business owners not get priced out of the communities they serve.

This is a pivotal time in our city's history. Our communities are changing and we need a leader who is persistent, shows compassion and acts with love. And when you vote for me, Aida Flores, on February 26th, I will serve you as your Alderwoman to bring positive change to the 25th Ward.

What is the most pressing issue facing constituents, and how can you help address it?

Balanced development in the 25th Ward. As it stands, the issue of development/gentrification has polarized the community. The promise of economic development, fully supported public schools, and truly affordable housing for members of the 25th ward is a top priority.