Christian Mitchell

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Christian Mitchell
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Illinois State Representative Christian Mitchell
Member of the Illinois House of Representatives
from the 26th district
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 2013 (2013-Jan)
Preceded by Kimberly du Buclet
Personal details
Political party Democratic
Residence Bronzeville, Illinois
Alma mater University of Chicago
Profession Full Time Legislator

Christian Mitchell is a Democratic member of the Illinois House of Representatives, representing the 26th district,[1] which encompasses portions of Near North Side's Streeterville, as well as parts of the Loop, Oakland, Grand Boulevard, Kenwood, Hyde Park, South Shore, and South Chicago community areas.[2] He is currently the youngest active member of the Illinois General Assembly.

Background[edit]

Mitchell is a public policy graduate of the University of Chicago.[3] He was raised on the West Side of Chicago by a single mother.[4] He is a resident of the Bronzeville neighborhood.[5]

Political apprenticeship[edit]

Prior to his election to public office, Mitchell worked for both Cook County Board of Commissioners President Toni Preckwinkle and Chicago City Council 4th ward Alderman William D. Burns.[6][7] Mitchell is a former community organizer who has legislative experience with an urban weatherization program and with a universal fare pass for local buses and trains.[8] His Universal fare card will facilitate transfers between Metra, Chicago Transit Authority and Pace by 2015.[9]

He spent two years as a community organizer on the South Side and South suburbs and drafted these two pieces of legislation that eventually became laws.[4] Mitchell was named to Chicago Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel's transition team in March 2011.[10] He served as a Deputy Field Director in Lisa Madigan's reelection campaign.[9] He worked in Preckwinkle's cabinet from May 2011 to November 2011 as Director of outreach and external relations and was involved in Burns' aldermanic campaign management.[4] Preckwinkle credits Mitchell with keeping the Todd Stroger sales tax repeal from unravelling in the Cook County budgeting process.[11]

2012 election[edit]

The Illinois House 26th district stretches along the Lake Michigan lakefront from the Gold Coast to 91st Street, including parts of 9 wards.[4] Kimberly du Buclet was appointed to the seat in May 2011 after former incumbent Burns stepped down as District 26 representative to become Chicago's 4th Ward alderman,[12] but she did not run for re-election.[13] His opponent, Kenny Johnson, jumped to an early lead in the polls, but Preckwinkle and Burns each contributed $25,000 to his campaign.[4] In the primary, Mitchell (aged 25) had been endorsed by Alderman Burns and du Buclet[2] as well as President Preckwinkle, Mayor Emanuel, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White and United States Congressmen Bobby Rush.[14][15] Mitchell was also endorsed by the Chicago Tribune for his greater understanding of state issues and superior menu of solutions.[3] Johnson had been backed by Congressmen Jesse Jackson, Jr. and Danny Davis as well as the Chicago Teachers Union,[15] Illinois State Senator Kwame Raoul and Alderman Brendan Reilly.[6] Mitchell boasted far greater campaign contributions and more endorsements.[4] Aside from backing and age, the two Democratic candidates did not differ much ideologically.[4][7] Mitchell won by a 6739–6238 margin, putting him in line to be the youngest member of the Illinois General Assembly.[16] After winning the Democratic primary election in March, Mitchell was uncontested in the November 6, 2012 election.[17][18]Representative Christian Mitchell is running for reelection in the upcoming 2014 primary.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Representative Kimberly du Buclet (D)". Illinois General Assembly. Retrieved March 12, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Cholke, Sam (February 8, 2012). "Mitchell draws support in 26th". Lakefront Outlook. Retrieved November 11, 1012. 
  3. ^ a b "For the Illinois House". Chicago Tribune. March 7, 2012. Retrieved November 12, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g "State House: 2 compete in tight race in 26th". Chicago Sun-Times. February 28, 2012. Retrieved November 12, 2012. 
  5. ^ Fanelli, Valeria (March 22, 2012). "Mitchell wins the 26 the race for the 26th District State Representative". ChicagoTalks.org. Retrieved November 22, 2012. 
  6. ^ a b Fullerton, Ian (March 21, 2012). "Christian Mitchell edges out win in 26th District race: At 25, candidate will be youngest member of Illinois general assembly". Chicago Journal. Retrieved November 12, 2012. 
  7. ^ a b Dumke, Mick (March 16, 2012). "Is Toni Preckwinkle building a political machine?". Chicago Reader. Retrieved November 12, 2012. 
  8. ^ Long, Ray and Alissa Groeninger (March 16, 2012). "Democrats' new map leads to biggest legislative election in Chicago in 10 years". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved November 12, 2012. 
  9. ^ a b Wolpoff, Katy (March 5, 2012). "Christian L. Mitchell: Democratic Party Candidate for 26th Congressional District of Illinois". NBCChicago.com. Retrieved November 23, 2012. 
  10. ^ Sweet, Lynn (March 10, 2011). "More Rahm Emanuel transition team members. List of names here.". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved November 12, 2012. 
  11. ^ Donovan, Lisa (March 15, 2012). "Preckwinkle touts tax repeal help of ex-aide hired after vote". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved November 12, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Hyde Park gets new state representative". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved March 12, 2012. 
  13. ^ "State legislature headed for unusual turnover". State Journal-Register. Retrieved March 12, 2012. 
  14. ^ Marin, Carol (March 20, 2012). "Loyalty vs. pragmatism in Preckwinkle’s picks". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved November 11, 2012. 
  15. ^ a b Ormsby, David (March 1, 2012). "Will Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Endorsement Help Dem State Representative Hopeful Christian Mitchell?". Illinois Observer. Retrieved November 11, 2012. 
  16. ^ "General Primary 3/20/2012: 26th Representative". Illinois State Board of Elections. Retrieved February 20, 2013. 
  17. ^ Bike, William S. (November 1, 2012). "Several candidates unopposed on November 6 electoral ballot". Gazette. Retrieved November 9, 2012. 
  18. ^ "IL-Uncontested". San Francisco Chronicle. November 6, 2012. Retrieved November 9, 2012. 

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