Who am I?

Martin lives in Chicago Lawn. His campaign for Alderman is focused on bringing change to the 23rd Ward Community.

A twenty-three year resident of Southwest side, Martin Arteaga was born and raised in Pilsen. Both his mother and father immigrated to the United States from Mexico during the 1960s; after some time they became union workers. It was at the age of fourteen that he moved to the 23rd Ward. Since 1991 Martin has experience what it means to be part of the community. He is a father and a family man who wants to make the neighborhood safe for his son and those parents like him who care about the education of their children. By being part of a program during his high school years, Martin was able to stay on track as he maneuvered thru the gang infested neighborhood of Pilsen. As a member of the band, he knows how important after-school programs are. The family moved to the Southwest Side and has been part of the community ever since. After Martin graduated from Benito Juarez High School and then went onto attend DePaul University. Martin learned the values of education by attending DePaul University’s STEP Program.

In 1999, he was an intern on Capitol Hill for Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute. In 2000, he obtained his B.A. in Political Science and begun his job as a political organizer, working to elect Democrats across the country. Martin worked on presidential and congressional elections. He coordinated the campaign to elect Congressman Lane Evans and Gore 2000, the Los Angeles Mayor’s race in 2001, Mike Feeley in Colorado’s 7th Congressional for the DCCC in 2002, and Marty Castro’s bid for Congress in Illinois’s 4th Congressional District in 2002. Lastly, he was Director for Latino outreach for John Kerry for President in 2004. In 2008, Martin was elected as a Hillary Clinton delegate for the 3rd Congressional District.

Martin has been a tireless leader and advocate for the needs of Chicago’s underrepresented communities. He has a long history of being active in local and national community organizations, including but not limited to; the Hispanic American Construction Industry Association, DePaul Alumni Association, Young Democrats of Illinois, United States Hispanic Leadership Institute, and the Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement.

Martin was appointed by Mayor Richard M. Daley, and confirmed by the Chicago City Council, to the Commission on Human Relations – Board on Latino Affairs, where he served for four years. He also sits on the Board of the Latino Organization of the Southwest, and is committee member of Sigma Lambda Beta Chicago Alumni Network, which is the largest Latino fraternity in the Country and has thousands of Chicagoland alumni.

Today, Martin is looking to take his experience and accomplishments in public service to the Chicago City Council, where he will devote himself full-time to the issues affecting the residents and communities of 23rd Ward.

Why am I running?

To revitalize the 23rd Ward, we need community development, community outreach, hands on experience, and most of all, we need you. Throughout the ward we see vacant lots and abandoned buildings that are vandalized and underutilized. Let’s take matters into our own hands. Let’s be the change of the 23rd Ward. As an entrepreneur, community activist, and civic leader, Martin Arteaga has the vision and leadership that Chicago’s 23rd Ward needs and deserves. With this change, he will represent the interests.

My Goals

The supposed current Alderman’s satellite office inside a storage room in a senior center has not had a staffer in months. I have personally walked in there multiple times with nobody there to take any city service requests. The midway airport area looks abandoned…we have too many empty lots and closed storefronts…We should have a booming area that caters to Midway airport travelers, hotel guests, and the residents of the southwest. Archer Ave from Cicero to Harlem need a total makeover…we have good neighborhoods in the 23rd Ward, but our business districts and infrastructure is old. We need restaurants, entertainment venues, and parking to support our existing businesses!

My DFA Values

I believe in the Land of the free and the concepts of opportunity, equality and empowerment. As the son of Mexican immigrants, first generation Latino, university Graduate and small business owner with hard work and determination and because of the unmatched opportunity that my family was able to find here in America. These days, stories like mine have become the exception, and I believe that we must take steps to restore our promise so that everyone has access to the American Dream and a chance to achieve success, prosperity and fulfillment.

My Campaign is People Powered!

My campaign is #1 on field thanks to the great and amazing group of volunteers. We have already put out a $5 dollar haircut for kids in the ward by having volunteers reach out to local salons. We will be holding a community meeting on property taxes and where they are going.

Voice support


  • Kenneth Martin
  • Barry Aldridge, IL
  • Alonso Zaragoza
  • Christian Angeles
  • Anne Shaw
  • Carl Nyberg, IL
  • Nate Lefebvre
  • Melissa Lindberg
  • Steven Spagnolo, IL
  • Patrick Herlihy
...and 2 more.

About the Endorsement Process

The driving force behind all DFA endorsements is our members. We recognize that all politics is local and that what is considered progressive in Los Angeles may be very different from what's considered progressive in Louisville. For this reason, DFA does not have a litmus test of specific progressive positions for which a candidate must stand. Our endorsement is heavily weighted based on these questions:

• Will the candidate move the progressive movement forward in their community?
• Does the candidate have substantial support from our local members?
• Do the candidate's positions and policies fit into the broader progressive movement?
• Is the campaign people-powered and the candidate working to win?

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