Why I’m Running

I’m Susana Mendoza and I’m running for mayor because the future of our city is at stake.

Chicago needs a mayor who is concerned about the next generation, not just the next four years. This is no time for a caretaker mayor or someone who represents the status quo. We need to prepare Chicago for the jobs of the future, not just focus on the past.

The big issues that Chicagoans face – violent crime, high property taxes, improving schools — those are issues I have dealt with my whole life. It’s time to have a mayor who is from the neighborhood, who understands neighborhoods and puts neighborhoods first. I’m excited to work with all Chicagoans to shape our future together.

Safer Neighborhoods

I was born in this city, in the Southwest side neighborhood of Little Village. Violence was an issue then, too.

I know what it feels like to be scared to walk to school. When I was a kid, someone was murdered on our block. Like so many families, ours was traumatized by the violence and my parents moved us out within days.

No family should feel they need to leave the city because their neighborhood is not safe. We need to invest in our neighborhoods to address the root problems of violence and properly train and resource our police officers.

Lower Property Taxes

Neighborhoods can’t thrive if we keep increasing the tax burden on families while cutting crucial services.

My husband and I live in a middle-class neighborhood and we pay high property taxes, too.

We need to increase transparency in the city to make sure we’re using every tool we have available to fix the financial challenges that our city faces without putting that burden on the backs of families.

Better Schools

Our son attends a Chicago Public School and we will be CPS parents for the next 13 years.

As a result, when it comes to improving public schools, my husband and I have huge skin in the game.

We need to invest in our community schools to make sure that all children across our city, no matter where they live, have access to quality education.