Maggie O’Keefe is running to be the next alderman of the 40th Ward.


She grew up in a working-class family with her dad who was a union worker for the railroad, and her mom who waited tables at night to help make ends meet. Seeing her parents strive to provide for her and her siblings pushed her to become the first person in her family to graduate from college.

Since then, Maggie has been the lead singer of a band, started her own digital marketing company, and became a deputy voter registrar. By the end of 2017, Maggie deputized over 500 voters in Cook County and organized voter drives at over three dozen high schools, street festivals and events that collectively registered thousands of new voters ahead of the 2018 election.

She worked on multiple campaigns in the previous election cycle, including Ameya Pawar for Governor, Fritz Kaegi for Cook County Assessor, and three winning races for judge. Maggie was also the acting interim political director for the 47th Ward Democrats for the 2018 primary election.



The voice of every 40th Ward resident counts. I’m challenging the status quo and taking on a 35-year incumbent because deserve a public servant who will serve the public. I have spent the last year going door to door to learn about our neighbors and the issues we are facing. What I found (to no surprise) is that we live in a community full of vibrant people who care deeply about their neighbors and about making our community a better place to live.

When I am our alderman, I will help connect our ward by backing the good intentions of our community members with resources, attention, and energy so we can begin to build a more safe, affordable, and prosperous future for ourselves and the community we love.

We will enact participatory budgeting, asset mapping, & community zoning reform for you will have a say in the growth & development of our community going forward.

I am excited for the day that I will be able to open the long-closed doors of the alderman’s office to the people of our community. Thank you for your support on February 26th.

-Maggie O’Keefe