Press Release

The Collective PAC Endorses Commissioner Brandon Johnson in Run-off Election for Mayor in Chicago

Wednesday, March 15th, 2023

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, The Collective PAC  — the nation’s largest political action committee dedicated to increasing Black political engagement, representation, and power across all levels of government — endorsed Commissioner Brandon Johnson for mayor in Chicago, Illinois. 

Commissioner Brandon Johnson is running to lead the third largest city in the country, mayor of Chicago. Mr. Johnson has served the City of Chicago as the First District Commissioner for Cook County for the past five years. Mr. Johnson began his career as a public school teacher at Jenner Academy in Cabrini-Green and Westinghouse College Prep on the west side. He then went on to become an organizer for the Chicago Teachers Union. Since being sworn in, Commissioner Johnson led the effort to pass the Just Housing Ordinance, which prohibits housing discrimination against formerly incarcerated people, helped secure legal representation for immigrants facing deportation, and convened a statewide “Save Our Seniors” response to the crisis of low-income nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Founders of The Collective PAC, Quentin James and Stefanie Brown James, released the following statement:

“The Collective PAC is proud to endorse Commissioner Brandon Johnson for mayor of Chicago. His passion and personal experiences makes him the best choice to lead the City of Chicago. Mr. Johnson knows first hand what it means to be an educator, having been a public school teacher on the west side for many years before becoming an organizer with the teachers union. Mr. Johnson helped the teachers union get a 17.6% raise over four years for his former colleagues. Over these last five years he served as a commissioner to the second largest county in the country.

Commissioner Johnson plans to use his leadership in the mayor’s office to advance smart and innovative solutions that will address the root causes of violence and poverty in the city, including creating an office of Community Safety, investing more in areas like mental health and housing, and fully fund year-round youth employment opportunities. The Collective PAC is proud to support Commissioner Brandon Johnson in his race to become the next mayor of Chicago.” 




The Collective PAC is working to create an America where Black people are equally represented at every level of government. The Collective PAC is strategically focused on creating a truly equitable democracy where our nation’s local, state, and federal governments have diverse and talented elected leadership and Black people are fully represented in positions of power to create the policies necessary to progress our communities forward. Over the past five years, The Collective PAC has successfully helped 424 Black candidates win elections across the United States.