Will Guzzardi

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Will Guzzardi
Candidate for
Illinois House of Representatives, District 39
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
High schoolChapel Hill High School
Bachelor'sBrown University
Place of birthChapel Hill, North Carolina
Campaign website
Will Guzzardi was a 2014 Democratic candidate for District 39 of the Illinois House of Representatives. He ran unsuccessfully for the same seat in 2012.


Guzzardi earned his Bachelor's in Comparative Literature from Brown University. His professional experience includes working in communications at the University of Chicago, as a reporter at Huffington Post Chicago and has tutored children in after school programs.[1]


Campaign themes


Guzzardi's campaign website highlighted the following issues:[2]

Strengthening Our Schools

  • Excerpt: "Demand an immediate moratorium on the school closings that are devastating our communities."
  • Excerpt: "Fight for the return of TIF surplus money to public schools to fund the restoration of arts, foreign languages, and physical education programs."
  • Excerpt: "Push for an elected school board to give Chicagoans a voice in the decisions made about our children's education"

Tackling Our Budget

  • Excerpt: "Fight for a fair income tax, with higher rates for higher earners and lower rates for lower earners."
  • Excerpt: "Put an end to corporate tax loopholes and breaks that allow 60% of Illinois corporations to avoid paying any income tax at all."
  • Excerpt: "Work for a solution to fund our pensions that honors our state's constitutionally protected contract with the working people who have paid into the system out of every paycheck, and who in most cases are ineligible for other retirement benefits like Social Security."

Making Government Accountable

  • Excerpt: "Push for stronger rules prohibiting legislators from voting on bills that could directly benefit their own financial interests and the interests of their immediate family."
  • Excerpt: "Limit the amount of money that political parties can donate to candidates."
  • Excerpt: "Put an end to legislative scholarships and other taxpayer-funded handouts that benefit only the clouted and connected."

Keeping Our Neighborhoods Safe

  • Excerpt: "Support and encourage community policing efforts, so that our officers can work more closely with our neighbors and community leaders."
  • Excerpt: "Offer counseling and supportive services to first-time, non-violent teenage offenders to keep them away from gangs and help them stay in school."
  • Excerpt: "Fight foreclosures by making banks sit down at the table and negotiate manageable mortgages with homeowners, keeping families in their homes and communities intact."

Creating Jobs And Growing The Economy

  • Excerpt: "Back public programs to rebuild our state’s infrastructure while bringing jobs to Illinoisans and boosting the state’s economy."
  • Excerpt: "Offer incentives to banks to lend more freely to small businesses, the biggest source of new jobs."
  • Excerpt: "Invest in education at every level, to help our working families develop the skills to succeed in the modern economy."

Fighting For LGBT Rights

  • Excerpt: "Advocate for a comprehensive bill granting full marriage equality to all Illinois couples regardless of gender or sexual orientation."
  • Excerpt: "Encourage employers to offer health plans for spouses regardless of gender or sexual orientation."
  • Excerpt: "Partner with community organizations to fight disinformation on the ground."

Advancing Women's Issues

  • Excerpt: "Work with the Illinois Department of Labor to enforce federal labor law requiring equal pay for equal work."
  • Excerpt: "Partner with 39th District organizations to provide health screenings and reproductive services to women throughout the district."
  • Excerpt: "Fight legislation designed to dismantle Roe v. Wade."

Protecting Our Environment

  • Excerpt: "Work for job-training programs that put people to work weatherizing buildings and learning the new trades of a clean energy economy."
  • Excerpt: "Ensure that all 39th District residents have the green space they need in their neighborhoods to enjoy recreational opportunities."
  • Excerpt: "Fight for an immediate moratorium to "fracking," the dangerous oil extraction method that threatens the water supply in many of our communities."

Improving Our Immigration System

  • Excerpt: "Partner with community organizations on ESL, job-training, and citizenship classes to make sure immigrants have access to well-funded services and programs."
  • Excerpt: "Advocate for comprehensive immigration reform centered on safe routes to citizenship and fair treatment of all immigrant workers, regardless of status."
  • Excerpt: "Engage a diverse coalition of neighborhood groups to fight disinformation and prejudice and bring together residents all over the 39th District."

Defending Our Seniors

  • Excerpt: "Continue to fight for more, better reforms to our nursing-home laws, to fix a system that is sadly still plagued with abuses."
  • Excerpt: "Defend Medicare for all our seniors, and work against Medicare fraud."
  • Excerpt: "Restore funding to Illinois Cares Rx, the prescription-drug program that recently dropped many of the state’s most vulnerable seniors due to budget cuts."


Guzzardi's website listed the following issues:[3]

  • Strengthening our Schools
Excerpt: "Will believes that strong schools make strong communities, and that every child deserves a quality public education."
  • Keeping our Neighborhoods Safe
Excerpt: "Will believes that all of our families and seniors should feel safe in their communities. The most effective path to safer streets is with good community-based policing, more outreach programs for at-risk youth, and active community involvement."
  • Making Government Accountable
Excerpt: "When elected officials betray the public trust our communities suffer, and our ability to use local government to be part of the solution deteriorates."
  • Creating Jobs and Promoting Economic Development
Excerpt: "Good jobs are the anchors of strong families and healthy communities, and the best driver of economic growth in our communities."
  • Protecting Seniors
Excerpt: "Just as we have an obligation to our children, we also must care for those who came before us and provided for our own futures."
  • Advancing Public Health Initiatives
Excerpt: "Will Guzzardi will fight for existing programs, like the health team organized by the Logan Square Neighborhood Association, and promote new initiatives with the input of public-health officials and community leaders."
  • Demanding Equal Rights
Excerpt: "Full equality for all, regardless of gender or sexual orientation, is a basic matter of civil rights, and anything short of full equality is unacceptable."
  • Protecting Our Natural Environment
Excerpt: "The scientific community has presented indisputable evidence of substantial climate change resulting from greenhouse gas emissions and industrial pollution. Elected leaders need to take charge on this issue, and Will’s prepared to do so. "
  • Making Our District More Accessible
Excerpt: "Quality public transportation is crucial to residents of the 39th District. In addition to reliable trains and buses, Will also believes in an organized system of bicycle lanes and bike racks. "
  • Improving Our Immigration System
Excerpt: "Will recognizes that the vast majority of immigrants come to the United States, and to Chicago in particular, for work and better opportunities for their families."
  • Respecting Our Veterans
Excerpt: "Will believes the best way to honor our veterans’ service is by funding the programs facilitating their return to civilian life."
  • Women’s Issues
Excerpt: "Will is a staunch advocate for women’s rights, including equal pay, fair treatment in hiring, and reproductive services."
  • Promoting Local Artists
Excerpt: "Will believes that a local arts scene is essential to community development."



See also: Illinois House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Illinois House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on March 18, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was December 2, 2013. Will Guzzardi defeated incumbent Maria Antonia Berrios in the Democratic primary and was unchallenged in the general election. James K. Muscarello (D) was removed from the ballot on January 7, 2014.[4][5][6]


See also: Illinois House of Representatives elections, 2012

Guzzardi ran in the 2012 election for Illinois House of Representatives District 39. Guzzardi lost to incumbent Maria Antonia Berrios in the Democratic primary on March 20, 2012. No candidates filed to run in the Republican primary.[7][8]

The March 20 primary was separated by less than 150 votes. Guzzardi initially demanded a recount and challenged the results. However, on May 1, 2012, he conceded defeated.[9]

Illinois House of Representatives, District 39 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMaria Antonia Berrios Incumbent 50.8% 4,021
Will Guzzardi 49.2% 3,896
Total Votes 7,917



In 2014, Guzzardi's endorsements include the following:[10][11]

  • The Illinois Observer
  • Alderman Joe Moreno (1st Ward)
  • Alderman Scott Waguespack (32nd Ward)
  • Aldermen John Arena (45th Ward)
  • SEIU Healthcare Illinois & Indiana
  • SEIU Local 1
  • SEIU Local 73
  • AFSCME 31
  • National Nurses United
  • The Chicago Teachers Union
  • Illinois Education Association
  • Illinois Federation of Teachers
  • Fraternal Order of Police, Chicago Lodge #7
  • Northside Democracy for America
  • Progressive Democrats of America -- PDA-Illinois and PDA-Chicago
  • The People's Lobby
  • Citizen Action of Illinois

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