Commissioner, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District

Candidate Free Time is underwritten in part by the League of Women Voters of Cook County and the City Club of Chicago.Candidate Free Time is underwritten in part by the League of Women Voters of Cook County and the City Club of Chicago.

WTTW’s 2016 Voters’ Guide to the General Election is an online resource designed to inform voters about the candidates running for office in the Nov. 8 election. Learn more.

About this office

The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) is governed by a nine-member board elected at-large with three commissioners elected every two years. On Nov. 8, some candidates will run for six-year terms, while others will run for a term lasting two years.

MWRD treats water collected by sanitary and stormwater sewers in most of Cook County. It also serves as the Stormwater Management Utility for Cook County. Its mission is to protect the health and safety of citizens and area waterways.

The candidates below appear in ballot order.

Democratic Candidates, 6-year term

Barbara McGowan

“I have served the citizens of Cook County the only way I know how: with honesty, fairness, and distinction.” Learn more about this candidate.


Mariyana T. Spyropoulos

“Nothing could be more important than protecting our natural resources for future generations.” Learn more about this candidate.


Josina Morita

“As the first urban planner to serve on this board, I will bring a unique background in stormwater management to address our flooding issues.” Learn more about this candidate.


Green Candidates, 6-year term

Karen Roothaan

“A vote for Green Party candidates … sends a message to the District that the public wants to keep our children safe by protecting them from materials containing heavy metals, drugs, and hormones.” Learn more about this candidate.


George Milkowski

“This government entity, with a billion dollar plus per-year budget, needs to use its resources in a more effective manner to get the most ‘bang’ for our tax dollar investment.” Learn more about this candidate.


Michael SmithDid not participate in Candidate Free Time


Republican Candidate, 6-year term

No candidate


Democratic Candidate, 2-year term

Martin J. DurkanDid not participate in Candidate Free Time


Green Candidate, 2-year term

Christopher Anthony

“Not too many are familiar with the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District budget, but they have a billion dollar-plus budget. And you have to ask if our tax dollars being spent wisely.” Learn more about this candidate.


Republican Candidate, 2-year term

Herb Schumann: Did not participate in Candidate Free Time

About Candidate Free Time

WTTW’s 2016 Voters’ Guide to the General Election is an online resource designed to inform voters about the candidates running for office in the Nov. 8 election.

Candidates were given two minutes to tell voters where they stand on the issues, why they feel they are best qualified and what they intend to do if elected or re-elected. The messages were recorded at the WTTW studios at no cost to the candidates. 

The Voters’ Guide is an online version of Candidate Free Time, pioneered by WTTW in the 1992 race for U.S. Senate. This year’s Candidate Free Time is underwritten in part by the League of Women Voters of Cook County and the City Club of Chicago.

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