Candidates

About this Office: The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) is governed by a nine-member board elected at-large with three commissioners elected every two years. During the March 17 primary, candidates will run for six-year terms.

MWRD treats water collected by sanitary and stormwater sewers in most of Cook County. It also serves as the Stormwater Management Utility for Cook County. Its mission is to protect the health and safety of citizens and area waterways.

Michael G. Grace - D

Michael G. Grace

“If elected, I will ensure that outdated infrastructure be replaced with new sewers and a computer driven flood control system.”

Mike Cashman - D

Mike Cashman

“If elected, I will take all of the experiences and lessons that I have learned while working in the classroom to provide a new and fresh perspective to the board.”

Frank Avila - D (incumbent)

Frank Avila

“As Chairman of Finance, I ensure the District maintains AAA bond ratings, undertakes pension reform, CREATES local jobs, AND ADDS billions to the local economy.”

Heather Boyle - D

Heather Boyle

“I am running for MWRD commissioner because I don’t want another Flint Michigan to happen.”

M Cameron ‘Cam’ Davis - D (incumbent)

M Cameron ‘Cam’ Davis

“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 Chicagobased citizens’ non-profit, the Alliance for the Great Lakes.”

Kimberly Neely Dubuclet - D (incumbent)

Kimberly Neely Dubuclet

“I am running for this office to bring a voice of environmental conservation and a commitment to clean water to the board.”

Eira L. Corral Sepulveda - D

Eira L. Corral Sepulveda

“I will PRIORITIZE environmental JUSTICE to bring RESOURCES to disinvested communities and GOOD paying GREEN jobs for workers to ACCESS the American Dream.”

Patricia Theresa Flynn - D

Patricia Theresa Flynn

“NOW is the time to act; we are all aware that the 50‐year flood and the 100‐year flood are events happening at MUCH shorter intervals. Let’s protect the present, and prepare for the future.”

Shundar Lin - D

Shundar Lin

“I hold a Ph.D. in Sanitary Engineering, and have spent a career as a water scientist for the State Water Survey, and I served on the Illinois Pollution Control Board. I have been one of the world's leading water and wastewater scientists for more than 40 years.”

Deyon Dean - D

Did not participate

Did not participate in the 2020 Voter Guide to the Primary Election.

Troy Antonio Hernandez - G

Troy Antonio Hernandez

“I have degrees from UIC in mathematics, philosophy, and operations research. In 2013 I earned my PhD in statistics. For the last 6 years I’ve worked in Chicago’s tech industry as a data scientist and architect. I currently work for IBM. I don’t need this job, but to whom much has been given, much is required.”

Tammie Felicia Vinson - G

Tammie Felicia Vinson

“My vision is for a MWRD board that believes that providing an essential service to communities is more important than patronage for the Democratic Party.”

Rachel Wales - G

Rachel Wales

“With climate change, the city of Chicago has been receiving more rainfall, and as a result the MWRD must make it a priority to approve green projects that will lessen the stress placed upon the current archaic gray infrastructure and sewer systems in the city.”