Brandon Johnson, a former rank-and-file Chicago teacher and Chicago Teachers Union organizer, has been endorsed in his bid for mayor of Chicago by UE’s Western Region. UE Locals 1118 and 1177, both of which represent members in Chicago, have also endorsed Johnson.
Local 1118 President Delores Phillips, said that her local endorsed Johnson “because of his ability to make things happen … he's been commissioner and he knows what the people of Chicago need.” Phillips also serves on the executive board of the Western Region.
Local 1177 President Larry Hopkins, who also serves as Vice President of the Western Region, added that Johnson “will bring integrity and leadership to the mayor’s office.”
Johnson is running against Paul Vallas, former CEO of the Chicago Public Schools, for the Democratic nomination for mayor. The election will be held on April 4.