Meet Anthony Quezada

Anthony was born in Chicago and raised in Logan Square at a time when the neighborhood was still a primarily immigrant and working-class community. He is the proud son of immigrant parents.

Growing up, Anthony witnessed the devastating impacts that rising rents, displacement, and growing unemployment had on his neighborhood. This experience informed Anthony's worldview and his commitment for social and economic justice. Anthony also learned that a community could thrive when people from diverse backgrounds - even under challenging circumstances - look out for each other.

Inspired by the values instilled in him at a young age, Anthony dedicated himself to public service and community organizing to help secure the resources our neighborhoods need and deserve.

As the Neighborhood Services Director for 35th Ward Alderman Carlos Ramirez-Rosa, Anthony has helped thousands of families, seniors, and low-income workers access property tax relief, rental assistance programs, city services, and social services since 2016.

As a community organizer, Anthony has united neighbors on the northwest side to secure 100 units of 100% affordable housing in Logan Square, support striking workers, demand police accountability, defend undocumented residents from deportation, and protect homeless neighbors from displacement. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Anthony led efforts to provide high-risk communities in the 8th District with rental assistance funds, food, personal protective equipment resources, and vaccines.

In 2020, Anthony was elected to serve as the 35th Ward Cook County Democratic Committeeperson. As Chair of the party's Policy Committee, Anthony introduced and passed resolutions calling on the federal government to provide continued COVID relief funds to working families and a resolution supporting an elected representative school board in Chicago.

Anthony decided to run for Cook County Commissioner because he believes we deserve elected leadership that does more to advance our shared compassionate values and prioritize the needs of our communities. The 8th District is ready for change, and Anthony is ready to bring that change. That is why as our next Cook County Commissioner, Anthony will work to:

  • Fully fund our Cook County hospitals. 
  • Protect our environment and create green jobs
  • Ensure safe neighborhoods for all
  • Fund homeless services and affordable housing
  • Provide property tax relief for working and middle-class families
  • Fight corruption and pass ethics reform.

If elected, Anthony would be the first openly gay Latino to serve on the Cook County Board of Commissioners.