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Learn about the candidates running for Metropolitan Water Reclamation District commissioner (two-year and six-year terms) in the Nov. 6 election as part of WTTW’s 2018 Voters’ Guide to the General Election.
“The Sheriff’s Office has won praise for progressive reforms to improve and maintain the safety and security of all those housed and employed at the Cook County Jail,” says Tom Dart. Learn more about this candidate.
“We know our water isn’t as clean as it should be – only two of our seven wastewater treatment plants even use an industry-standard third-stage disinfectant treatment,” says Geoffrey Cubbage. Learn more about this candidate.
“I want to make our region the green infrastructure capital of the world,” says Cam Davis. Learn more about this candidate.
“With climate change creating increased rainfall, the MWRD must approve more innovative green projects to lessen stress placed upon city sewer systems,” Rachel Wales says. Learn more about this candidate.
“Acknowledging climate change and implementing strategies to address this reality are essential to the operation of the district,” Tammie Felicia Vinson says. Learn more about this candidate.
“Overflows can be a threat to public health, but they also indicate an agency that has not fully addressed the changes expected in the frequency and severity of our storms,” says Karen Roothaan. Learn more about this candidate.