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A bicycle commuter who rides four miles to work, five days a week, avoids 2,000 miles of driving and about 2,000 pounds of CO2 emissions each year.

See where candidates for secretary of state stand

With early voting underway in Illinois’ primary elections and Election Day approaching, the Active Transportation Alliance has released its 2022 Sustainable Transportation Voter Guide for the race to be secretary of state.

Six candidates — four Democrats and two Republicans — are vying for the opportunity to replace outgoing Secretary of State Jesse White, who is retiring after 23 years in office.

The secretary oversees Illinois’ Rules of the Road, driver education services and exam, and various traffic safety initiatives.

The Active Transportation Alliance, Ride Illinois, and Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) jointly created a questionnaire that was sent to all candidates. The voter guide is comprised of the candidates’ responses.

As non-partisan 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit organizations, Active Trans, Ride Illinois, and MPC do not endorse candidates or evaluate their positions.

This voter guide is an educational resource to inform the public and candidates for statewide office about current priorities for improving public transit, walking, and biking as identified by our members, supporters, and staff.

DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES

REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES

  • Dan Brady
  • John Milhiser (did not yet respond)

ELECTION DAY: JUNE 28

You can learn more about the June 28 primary elections from your local city or county board of elections. Early voting and vote by mail are underway in Cook County for Chicago and suburban voters. You can update your address or register for the first time on Election Day.

Active Trans used publicly available contact information and multiple rounds of outreach to attempt to reach the campaigns of all candidates that will appear on the ballot. Candidates that have yet to respond can still contact us with their responses to our candidate questionnaire, and we’ll update our voter guide.