Deb Mell

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Deb Mell
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Chicago City Council
Incumbent
In office
2013-Present
Term ends
2015
Years in position 2
PartyNonpartisan
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Next generalFebruary 24, 2015
Appointed2013
Appointed byChicago City Council
(special committee)
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Illinois House of Representatives District 40
January 14, 2009-July 31, 2013
Education
Associate'sCalifornia Culinary Academy
Bachelor'sCornell College
Personal
Date of birthJuly 30, 1968
Place of birthChicago, Illinois
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Deborah L. Mell (b. July 30, 1968) is a member of the Chicago, Illinois City Council, representing Ward 33. A special committee selected by city council appointed Mell to the position in July 2013 to serve a partial term, following the retirement of her father, Richard Mell.

Before becoming a member of city council, Mell was a Democratic member of the Illinois House of Representatives, representing District 40 from 2008-2013.

Mell is the first openly lesbian city council member in Chicago's history.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Mell served on the following committees:

Illinois Committee Assignments, 2013
Appropriations-Elementary & Secondary Education
Environment
Housing, Vice-chair
Human Services
Mass Transit, Chair
State Government Administration

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Mell served on the following committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Mell served on the following committees:

Issues

Campaign themes

2012

Mell's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[2]

  • "Provide relief to working families hardest hit by the current economic crisis"
  • "Provide affordable access to healthcare to all Illinois families"
  • "Strengthen our state’s commitment to funding education"
  • "Protect and expand rights for women, LGBTs, and minorities"
  • "Support initiatives that expand public safety across the state"

Elections

2015

See also: Chicago, Illinois municipal elections, 2015

The city of Chicago, Illinois will hold elections for city council on February 24, 2015. A runoff, if necessary, will take place on April 7, 2015. The filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was November 24, 2014.[3] In the general election for Ward 33, incumbent Deb Mell will face Annisa Wanat and Tim Meegan. Tyler Solorio was removed from the ballot.[4]

2012

See also: Illinois House of Representatives elections, 2012

Mell won re-election in the 2012 election for Illinois House of Representatives District 40. Mell ran unopposed in the March 20 Democratic primary and defeated Antoinette Puccio-Johnson (R) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[5][6][7]

Illinois House of Representatives, District 40, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDeb Mell Incumbent 81.6% 21,744
     Republican Antoinette Puccio-Johnson 18.4% 4,909
Total Votes 26,653

2010

See also: Illinois House of Representatives elections, 2010

Mell won re-election to the 40th District seat unopposed. She defeated Joe Laiacona in the Democratic primary on February 2nd by a margin of 4,327 to 2,236. The general election took place on November 2, 2010. [8]

Illinois House of Representatives, District 40 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Deb Mell (D) 11,889 100.0%

2008

On November 4, 2008, Democrat Deb Mell won re-election to the Illinois House of Representatives District 40 receiving 16,932 votes, ahead of Republican Christine Nere-Foss (3,399 votes), and Heather Benno (Green) who received 2,276 votes.[9]

Illinois House of Representatives, District 40 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Deb Mell (D) 16,932
Christine Nere-Foss (R) 3,399
Heather Benno (G) 2,276

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Mell is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Mell raised a total of $283,697 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 19, 2013.[10]

Deb Mell's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Illinois State House, District 40 Won $36,918
2010 Illinois State House, District 40 Won $91,809
2008 Illinois State House, District 40 Won $154,970
Grand Total Raised $283,697

2012

Mell won re-election to the Illinois House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Mell raised a total of $36,918.
Illinois House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Deb Mell's campaign in 2012
Mell, Richard$7,200
Illinois Trial Lawyers Association$3,500
Associated Beer Distributors of Illinois$3,000
Comcast$1,500
Chicago Teachers Union$1,000
Total Raised in 2012$36,918
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Mell won re-election to the Illinois House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Mell raised a total of $91,809.

2008

Mell won election to the Illinois House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Mell raised a total of $154,970.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Richard Mell
Chicago City Council, Ward 33
July 2013-Present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Illinois House of Representatives District 40
2009 – July 2013
Succeeded by
Jaime Andrade (D)