Toneal M. Jackson

2022 MWRD Candidate
2-Year Term

International Award-Winning Author, publisher, podcaster and organizer. Founder of Artists Promoting Success and I’m Glad to be a Woman, Jackson uses her platforms to educate and empower. Her podcast, Toneal Talks Politics has helped bring awareness to the Green Party, their core values as well as other environmental issues.

Toneal received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication from DePaul University and her Master of Business Administration from University of Phoenix. In 2016, she was inducted into the 40 Under 40 Young Women Professionals League. She was inducted into the Professional Organization of Women in Excellence Recognized (P.O.W.E.R.) in 2018. In 2019, Jackson was the recipient of the I Change Nations Award.

Mark Buettner

2022 MWRD Candidate
6-Year Term

Mark received a degree in Water Technology from New Mexico State University in 2008. He worked as an Illinois wastewater treatment works operator class 1 for 14 years in the water reclamation industry; nine of those years as an MWRD treatment plant operator.

Mark grew up in Mt. Prospect, but has been living happily for the last 10 years in Des Plaines, 2 blocks from the river. Mark wants to improve storm water management and reduce nutrient pollution in our waterways. He would like Illinoisans to be able to swim in our rivers, and he is determined to make sure our tax money is well spent.

Petitioning Resources

Like all candidates in Illinois, we are required to collect signatures in order to get on the ballot. Usually for Greens this means collecting between 5 and 25 times more signatures than their recognized party counter parts.  Luckily, our past runs for MWRD (over a million votes for our slate in 2018), mean that our petitioning requirements are not as bad as Greens in other parts of the state.

Petitioning runs from January 13, 2022 through March 6, 2022 and we must collect 1,150 valid signatures. That means we have a goal of 2,300 signatures to make sure that we can survive any challenges.

There are lots of ways to help the campaign, from signing a petition to collecting petitions to phonebanking! Every little bit helps put progressive choices on the ballot!

What is the MWRD?

Created in 1889 as the Sanitary District of Chicago, the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) today is an award-winning, special-purpose district responsible for treating wastewater and providing stormwater management for residents and businesses in its service area, which encompasses 882.1 square miles and includes Chicago and 128 suburban communities throughout Cook County. The MWRD serves approximately 12.72 million people each day, including 5.16 million residents.

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