The 2023 Disability Mayoral Candidates Forum


December 5, 2022 | by Emma Olson

Advocacy at Access Living: December 5, 2022

Access Living friends and allies,

The race for Mayor of Chicago is heating up! The citywide election will be on February 28, so we wanted Chicago’s disability voters to hear from the candidates before early voting begins. Chicago has over 300,000 residents with disabilities, so the Mayor has a huge affect on all our lives. We would like to invite you to our hybrid, nonpartisan Chicago Mayoral Candidates Forum on January 7, 2023.

Access Living Disability Mayoral Candidates Forum 

Key Details:

To get ready for the Forum, we sent all mayoral candidates a disability questionnaire. We required this in order to participate in the January 7 event. Seven candidates responded, and their answers are posted at the Forum webpage at this link—go check it out! We think you will be very interested in their answers!

The following candidates responded and will have a slot at the Forum (in alphabetical order by last name):

  • State Representative Kam Buckner
  • U.S. Representative Chuy García
  • Ja’Mal Green, neighborhood advocate and entrepreneur
  • Cook County Commissioner Brandon Johnson
  • Alderman Sophia King
  • Mayor Lori Lightfoot
  • Paul Vallas, education and public finance expert

This event would not be possible without our wonderful partners and supporters. Our Partners (sponsors) are: Active Transportation Alliance, AIDS Foundation Chicago, Disability Lead, Equip for Equality, the Illinois Network of centers for Independent Living, and the Statewide Independent Living Council of Illinois. Our Supporters are: The Arc of Illinois, Better Streets Chicago, the Chicago Area Fair housing Alliance, Legal Action Chicago, and the Legal Council for Health Justice.

If your organization would like to sponsor or support this event, please contact Frank Lally at

 If improving the lives of Chicagoans with disabilities matters to you, don’t miss this event! Again, you are welcome in person or online. Please share this message with fellow Chicago disability voters.