RACE: U.S. House - District 1

About the Candidate

Name: Robert A. Palmer
DOB: Nov. 12, 1960 
Occupation: Teacher for CPS
Political Experience: Advisor to several political candidates.  

Candidate Statement

Hi, my name is Robert Palmer. I am a candidate for U.S. Representative for the 1st Congressional District. 

I grew up in Englewood, I am one of Englewood’s Finest. I am a teacher with CPS and member of the Chicago Teachers Union, a former member of SEIU union local 73. I am a member of the National, the Illinois and the Chicago Associations of Realtors. I hold a Master’s degree in education from National Lewis University, a bachelor's degree from Roosevelt University, and an Associates Degree from a school in the district which is Kennedy-King College.

I am running because the citizens of my community need more economic opportunities as well as educational opportunities, health care, and affordable housing opportunities.

I want to bring federal resources back to the community to help with mentoring programs for the youth, which should also help to curtail the trending carjacking situations and put a dent in poverty in the community. 

I am from the community and I understand its needs. Unlike other candidates, I do not want to see school closings, nor was I handed a silver spoon from my family. 

I also filed a successful lawsuit to reverse red light and speed zone tickets. I’m willing to put my life on the line for my community.

On June 28th, 2022, please vote for Robert A. Palmer. 

Thank you.

Candidate Q&A

Why are you running?

To see that the residents of my community have a fair share of opportunities economically, (including jobs and training), educationally, and access to quality health care. Youngsters committing crimes need to be offered viable alternatives and mentoring programs.

What does this office do well, and what needs fixing?

Some positive bills such as the lynching law or bill being introduced, but we need more bills introduced that benefit the community and we have to fight for services and National funding and programs for the district.

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

Carjacking, which I intend to open up opportunities, and mentoring programs, and economic opportunities and jobs, with training and trade schools or specialized training.

What specific steps would you take to ensure your office is accessible and responsive to your constituents?

Have town meetings regularly, send out newsletters, walk the community and talk to citizens and have an open door policy in my local office.