Following years of community organizing around the importance of voting, particularly in minority communities, Alderman Aaron Ammons has decided to take a more active role in ensuring Champaign County is a leader in resisting efforts of voter suppression and protecting voter privacy by running for Champaign County Clerk. Aaron would be the first African-American County Clerk in Champaign County.
“The last year has been a tumultuous and uncertain time for the United States, but one of the most unsettling events unfolding is the attack on our right to vote,” says Ammons. “Nationwide voter suppression is real and a huge threat to our democracy. As County Clerk, my number one priority would be ensuring that anyone who is eligible to vote, can vote. Now more than ever, Champaign County voters need a County Clerk who is going to prioritize the security and privacy of their right to vote. There should be no question that our elections are fair, free, and accessible.”
Aaron is the only candidate that has personally and voluntarily organized numerous voter registration drives. Aaron is the only candidate demanding Illinois ends its participation in the Interstate Crosscheck program because it disenfranchises voters all over the country. Aaron is the only candidate who has spent hours educating students on the importance of voting to create a lifelong habit of civic engagement. Aaron is the only candidate that embodies the values and mission a County Clerk must have to ethically and effectively fulfill their duties.
Aaron Ammons is currently the Alderman for Urbana City Council, Ward 3. For the last 16 years, he has worked at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign as a Building Service Worker, and for the last 6 served as President of SEIU Local 73, Chapter 119. In 2016, Aaron was honored to serve as an elected delegate for Senator Bernie Sanders at the Democratic National Convention. Aaron has lived in Champaign-Urbana for over thirty years. He is the proud father of three children, two grandchildren, and is husband to State Representative Carol Ammons, 103rd District.
Aaron’s progressive views and work extends to voter access for all citizens, alternatives to incarceration, protecting net neutrality, LGBTQ equality, environmental justice, protecting labor rights, a progressive tax for Illinois, free and quality public education, and regulation and control of cannabis.
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