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About Josina



Josina Morita is running for Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) because, as an urban planner, she understands that issues of water management, infrastructure and accessibility are crucial issues for the region.  Unlike oil, there is no substitute for fresh water.  We must manage this precious resource well for this generation, and the next.


Josina is the Director of the United Congress of Community and Religious Organizations, a multiethnic alliance of community organizations working together across 30 communities in Cook County.  She serves on the State of Illinois’ Racial Profiling and Data Oversight Board, the Asian American Employment Plan Council, and the City of Chicago’s Commission on Equity.  She sits on the boards of the Woods Fund of Chicago and the Asian American Action Fund of Greater Chicago.


In 2007, Josina was named one of Chicago’s “35 Under 35” fighting racism and poverty by the Community Renewal Society.  In 2012, she was elected as a Delegate to the Democratic National Convention.  The same year, she was selected as a Jim Edgar Fellow and a Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow. In 2013, she received the Emerging Leader Award from the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform and the Breaking Barriers Award from the Chicago Foundation for Women.  Josina’s human rights and social justice work has been recognized by the Rainbow PUSH Coalition and the Japanese American Citizens League.


Josina holds a Masters in Urban Planning and Public Policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a B.A. in Sociology and International Race Relations from Pitzer College.



Why Josina Is Running & Why This Race Matters



Why Josina is Running for Metropolitan Water Reclamation District:


  • WATER: She cares about water. Safe and healthy communities require responsible water management and water quality.  Water is a vital resource for current and future generations.
  • EQUITY: She is an Urban Planner with a strong track record on issues of infrastructure investment and equity planning.
  • COMMUNITY:  She has worked with over 30 communities in Cook County over the last decade that must be engaged around issues of water and community planning.

Why this Race Matters:


  • The Great Lakes hold 20 percent of the country’s fresh surface water.  Lake Michigan is the second largest Great Lake, and the only one located entirely in the U.S.  Responsible management of this precious water source is important to Cook County, and the Country.
  • Josina would be the first Asian American elected countywide in Cook County.  Asian Americans are the County’s fastest growing population.  This race will make history.






Josina is honored to have the following endorsements:

Cook County Democratic Party

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin

Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky

Congresswoman Robin Kelly

Congressman Mike Quigley

Secretary of State Jesse White

Illinois State Treasurer Mike Frerichs

Illinois State Senator Donne Trotter

Illinois State Senator Don Harmon

Illinois State Senator Ira Silverstein

Illinois Speaker of the House Michael Madigan

Illinois State Representative Lou Lang

Illinois State Representative Barbara Flynn Currie

Illinois State Representative Christian Mitchell

Illinois State Representative Elaine Nekritz

Illinois State Representative Marcus Evans

Illinois State Representative Will Davis

Illinois State Representative Elgie Sims

Illinois State Representative John D’Amico

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle

Cook County Recorder of Deeds Karen Yarbrough

Cook County Commissioner Bridget Gainer

Cook County Commissioner Jesus Garcia

Cook County Commissioner Jesus Garcia

Cook County Commissioner Stanley Moore

Cook County Commissioner Larry Suffredin

Chicago Treasurer Kurt Summers

Chicago Alderman Ameya Pawar – 47th Ward

Chicago Alderman Patrick Daley Thompson – 11th Ward

Chicago Alderman Tom Tunney – 44th Ward

Chicago Alderman Joe Moore – 49th Ward

Chicago Alderman Michael Scott Jr – 24th Ward

Chicago Alderman James Cappleman – 46th Ward

Thorton Township Committeeman Frank Zuccarelli

Hazel Crest Village Mayor Vernard Alsbury

27th Ward Democrats

West Side Elected Officials Chicago

International Union of Operating Engineers Local 399

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