Josina is an urban planner that cares about water.

Help Josina get on the Ballot!

Josina needs to collect 5,300 signatures from Cook County voters by October 31st.

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

International Union of Operating Engineers Local 399

Secretary of State Jesse White

Treasurer Mike Frerichs

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle

Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky

Recorder of Deeds Karen Yarbrough

Speaker of the House Michael Madigan

Alderman Ameya Pawar

Alderman Patrick Daley Thompson

Alderman Tom Tunney

Alderman Joe Moore

Alderman Michael Scott

Commissioner Jesus Garcia

Commissioner Stanley Moore

Senator Donne Trotter

Senator Don Harmon

Senator Ira Silverstein

Representative Lou Lang

Representative Christian Mitchell

Representative Elaine Nekritz

Representative Marcus Evans

Committeeman Frank Zuccarelli