March 1, 2019

Chicago Candidates Who Support High-Quality Charter Schools Win Election with INCS Action Help

CHICAGO (INCS ACTION)—INCS Action helped pave the way to Chicago’s aldermanic victories, with 11 of 12 endorsed candidates either claiming victory or earning a runoff. INCS Action is the political and advocacy arm of the Illinois Network of Charter Schools (INCS), an advocacy organization focused on the improvement of public education by establishing high-quality charter public schools.

“INCS Action is continuing its tradition of supporting political candidates who put school quality, rather than school type, at the center of their education agenda,” said Andrew Broy, president of INCS Action.

INCS Action-endorsed candidates who won their races include:

  • Walter Burnett Jr., Ward 27
  • Emma Mitts, Ward 37
  • Carrie Austin, Ward 34
  • Michael Scott Jr., Ward 24

Seven endorsed candidates are in a runoff, with challengers in multiple-candidate races finishing in the top two spots. Endorsed candidates in a runoff include:

  • Howard Brookins Jr., Ward 21
  • Ariel E. Reboyras, Ward 30
  • Patrick J. O’Connor, Ward 40
  • Raymond Lopez, Ward 15
  • Stephanie Coleman, Ward 16
  • Felix Cardona, Ward 31
  • Alex Acevedo, Ward 25

In anticipation of the municipal elections, “INCS Action interviewed each candidate, and our board made all endorsement decisions in line with those interviews and returned questionnaires.”

Politically active in state elections since 2014, INCS Action was an active participant in the 2018 state legislative primary cycle, where 13 of the 15 candidates it endorsed won.

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INCS Action is a 501(c)(4) organization focused on engaging the charter school community in the legislative and political process, growing the coalition of charter school supporters and activists and educating Illinois public officials on the impact of charter public schools.

For more information, contact:
Melissa Ramirez Cooper
Director of Communication, INCS Action
312-690-2703 |