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About the Candidate

Name: M Cameron ‘Cam’ Davis
DOB: April 1, 1964
Occupation: Commissioner, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District
Political Experience: I served as President Obama’s Great Lakes point person, coordinating 11 federal departments to invest $2+ billion for Great Lakes restoration. Together, we cleaned up toxic hotspots like Waukegan Harbor and kept silver and bighead Asian carp from invading Lake Michigan, though that fight needs to continue. In 2018, I ran for office for the first time in my life, to serve as a commissioner at MWRD. I ran as a write-in candidate and won a two-year term. Now I am running for re-election to a full six-year term to get even more important work done.
Website: camdavis.org
Twitter: @CommDavisMWRD

Candidate Statement

If you care about your water, there’s an important vote in March for an agency many people don’t know much about: The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District.

I’m Cam Davis. Last time, you elected me after a quirky write-in RACE that pundits thought nobody could win. But you proved them wrong. You didn’t just elect me. You broke the previous statewide write-in record.

This time, I’m not just asking you to vote for me for a full six-year term. I’m asking you to find me in the middle of the Water Reclamation District ballot and vote for someone you can be proud of.

I was President Obama’s point person for restoring the Great Lakes. I’m the only commissioner who’s a Clean Water Act attorney.  I was also President & CEO of the Chicago-based citizens’ non-profit, the Alliance for the Great Lakes.

And to do these things, I put myself through Chicago-Kent College of Law at night with a specialty in environmental law.

Those are just a few ways I’ve dedicated my whole career to the public’s interest in water.

But this election isn’t about me. It’s about you and your community.  

In the short time I’ve been a commissioner on your behalf, I’ve:

- Helped craft an ordinance that will reduce basement flooding, especially for disproportionately impacted communities.

- Voted to establish an independent inspector general’s office, which, for the first time in the agency’s history, will follow the money and track down waste, fraud and abuse.

- And I’ve supported our workers because clean water doesn’t just happen. It requires trained professionals.

But if you want me to keep doing my job on your behalf, you won’t find me at the top of the Water Reclamation District ballot. You won’t find me at the bottom of the ballot either. You’re going to have to find me in the middle of the ballot.

You can learn more on the web at camdavis.org.

I’m Cam Davis. Don’t just vote. Be proud of your vote for your water.

Candidate Q&A

Why are you running?

I’ve spent my entire 30-plus year career serving the public’s interest in water and I don’t plan to quit anytime soon. I’ve served as President Obama’s Great Lakes point person, President & CEO of the Chicago-based Alliance for the Great Lakes, and I’m the MWRD’s Board of Commissioners’ only Clean Water Act attorney. I’m running for re-election because I want the Board to continue to have qualified leaders who are dedicated to serving the public. Not themselves.

What is your vision for this office?

MWRD is the most important agency most residents of Cook County don’t know about. It has a$1.1 billion annual budget and nearly 2,000 dedicated professionals. My vision is for MWRD to make ours the most resilient major metro region in the country so that we’re strong ecologically, economically and socially. In my first year alone, I voted to establish an independent inspector general at the agency and led the effort to reduce flooding, especially in disproportionately impacted communities. Now I’m asking voters to give me the privilege of serving a full six-year term for more results.

What do you think is the most pressing issue facing your constituents and how do you plan on addressing it?

The most pressing issue facing those of us who live, work and play in Cook County is ensuring our communities are resilient and sustainable in the face of climate change. That means optimizing infrastructure to keep our basements from backing up and our neighborhoods ­especially disproportionately impacted communities-from flooding; that means making sure we’re not polluting the waterways we use for drinking, swimming and recreation; and it means being fair in what we pay people. After all, clean water doesn’t just happen. It requires qualified professionals. 

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