In what has been dubbed the “Year of the Woman” for the record number of women seeking elected office, National Louis University student Gaylon B. Alcaraz and alum Angeles “Angie” Sandoval are running for Cook County Board Commissioner slots.
Student Enters Politics
Alcaraz, a Ph.D. candidate in the Community Psychology doctoral program, is running in the fourth Cook County district, which includes part of the South Side as well as suburbs Markham, Burnham, Dolton, Lansing and Calumet City.
She has worked in the nonprofit, private and public sectors, and has championed causes such as women’s and adolescents’ health, affordable housing, LGBT rights and gender equality.
She has led a nonprofit organization, including managing the budget and setting strategic plans, and she describes herself as a mother, grandmother, activist, organizer and champion of human rights for the past 25 years.
Public Admin Grad Makes Bid for Office
Angie Sandoval, who obtained her Master of Science in Public Policy and Administration degree from National Louis University last June, is running for Cook County commissioner in the 7th district, which includes Gage Park and surrounding areas on Chicago’s Southwest side.
Sandoval has served as vice-chair of the National Latino Education Institute’s Emerging Leaders Board, president of the Senka Park Advisory Council in Gage Park, and on the advisory board of the Latino Youth High School in Little Village.
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