Linking Latinas

USA: Latina candidate not discouraged by “dirty” politics

USA: Latina candidate not discouraged by “dirty” politics

By Debbie Gordils



CHICAGO, USA -- Living in Chicago and being Hispanic, makes for an interesting backdrop to Chicago-style politics.

In the last 8 years since I became involved, I have run for office twice -- in 2003 for 33rd Ward Alderman against Richard Mell and again in the 2009 special election Congressional race to replace Rahm Emanual in the 5th District. Both were rewarding experiences but with many challenges.

As a single mom of two daughters, juggling my childrens' active schedules, along with my own, was no small feat.The hours were long and the time available to get everything done was short, and at times frustrating.

My children seemed to take everything in stride. It was my opponents who proved to be more the disturbing challenge. I would spend two hours putting up signs only to have them torn down and stolen.

It seems not playing fair is part of the Chicago election way. But I didn't become discouraged, even after someone posted a For Sale sign in front of the home I rented, or when I was falsely accused of fraudulently collecting signatures which kept me in hearings for 42 days challenging my right to be on the ballot.

I still didn't get discouraged when I had my car followed and strange men, one of whom was an off-duty police officer, come to my home and attempt to dissuade me from running.

All of this should have discouraged me, but instead it reassured me that efforts to create a better future for my two girls and the future of others was a worthy cause.

So, I forged ahead taking on one incident at a time.

Learn about Debbie

Debbie Gordils is a single Latina mom with two daughters, one adopted and one with special needs. When she isn't freelancing as a consultant to the Republican Party and working on Hispanic outreach in Chicago, she has run for political office.

Click to add a comment

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply

Linking Latinas

More in Linking Latinas


Latina Perspective: Fighting to breathe

Latina ListaJanuary 7, 2015

Forget what’s your sign. What’s your dosha?

Marisa TreviñoJanuary 3, 2012

One Latina defies critics and creates Lazy Girl Tamales

Marisa TreviñoDecember 29, 2011

USA: “Hermanaly” advice for the first day of college

Marisa TreviñoAugust 22, 2011

Bolivia: A hidden treasure in the salt flats of Uyuni could liberate Bolivia from poverty

Marisa TreviñoJuly 22, 2011

Venezuela: Hometown designer makes his mark on international fashion stage

Marisa TreviñoJuly 21, 2011

Bolivia: Improving the Race

Marisa TreviñoJune 8, 2011

Peru: An election countdown to change and social unrest

Marisa TreviñoMay 26, 2011

Bolivia: Teaching children to move beyond asking to be pitied towards showing compassion

Marisa TreviñoMay 21, 2011