Aaron Ortiz is an educator and college counselor at Back of the Yards High School, a Chicago Public School. As the first in his family to attend college, he graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning. It was during Aaron’s time in college that he began to think about how important government and community development was in his community.
A son of immigrants from Durango, Mexico, Aaron represents the makeup of the 1st district. Aaron is a parishioner of St. Clare of Montefalco Church. He is a homeowner and lifelong resident of Gage Park. He attended Nightingale Elementary and Brother Rice High School. His experiences as a young student have guided him in his work helping students at Back of the Yards high school think about their post-graduation future.
Aaron is a proud member of the Chicago Teachers Union and high school soccer coach. He serves on the Local School Council for the Back of the Yards High School.
As your State Representative, I commit to:
Bringing good jobs to the district
Keeping our families safe
Fully funding our schools
“I trust Aaron to fight for us in Springfield. He is the result of our families’ hard work to achieve the American Dream. Let’s send him to Springfield as your new State Representative of the 1st District.” - Jesus "Chuy" Garcia
In 2015, Aaron worked diligently to elect Jesus “Chuy” Garcia as a candidate for mayor and Rafael Yañez a candidate for 15th Ward. This sparked in Aaron both a frustration with his communities lack of adequate representation and his willingness to engage in the hard work of local politics.
In 2016 he collaborated with students to create the Back of the Yards High School undocumented and allies student group. This was in line with Aaron’s sense of setting a path for other immigrant children to graduation and post-secondary education opportunities.
Aaron recently participated in a fellowship with United Working Families and Grassroots Illinois Action on political empowerment. With his involvement with these organizations, he came to understand how progressive politics citywide merged with the longstanding independent progressive work of Chuy Garcia.