About Pat

A Trusted, Proven Leader

Pat Dowell is a lifelong public servant. She has served as a social worker, a city planner, an administrator of several large and small not-for-profits, and a university instructor.

Since 2007, she has served as the Alderman of the 3rd Ward of Chicago. She is the Chair of the Chicago City Council Budget Committee.

Dowell was a significant catalyst for the rebirth of the historic Bronzeville community that occurred in the 1990s. She has an extensive background in urban planning and community development and was one of the primary architects of the Bronzeville Development Plan.

Formerly, Dowell was the executive director of the Near West Side Community Development Corporation, the Mid-South Planning and Development Commission, and Chicago Public Allies, a national youth development organization.

Pat Dowell is the proud mother of an adult son and a longtime Bronzeville resident. As a college basketball star, she earned her bachelor's degree in Developmental Psychology from The University of Rochester and her master's degree in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago. Dowell owns a scrappy Yorkshire Terrier named Toots and is an avid Chicago Bulls Fan.

While she enjoys reading, cooking, and traveling – what she is truly passionate about is helping to serve the needs of her constituents.

Pat Dowell

ENDORSEMENTS

Danny Davis

Congressman

Carol Moseley Braun

Ambassador

Proviso Township Democrats
Bill Lowry

Cook County Commissioner

Mattie Hunter

State Senator

Robert Peters

State Senator

Barbara McGowan

MWRD Vice President

Roderick Sawyer

Chicago Alderman

Derrick Curtis

Chicago Alderman

Jason Ervin

Chicago Alderman, Black Caucus Chair

Chris Taliaferro

Chicago Alderman

Scott Waguespack

Chicago Alderman

Emma Mitts

Chicago Alderman

Lamont Robinson

State Representative

Kam Buckner

State Representative

Preston Brown

34th Ward Committeeman

Prof. Tim Black
Prof. Dick Simpson

NEWs

Pat Dowell, Candidiate for Illionois Secretary of State will Require Campaign Employees to be Fully Vaccinated
September 17, 2021

My campaign for Illinois Secretary of State will require all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

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Dowell Pledges Robust Cybersecurity Program for Secretary of State’s Office to Prepare for Post-COVID Services
September 9, 2021

Alderman Pat Dowell, candidate for Illinois Secretary of State is pledging to secure and improve the office’s cybersecurity efforts to prevent breaches to the integrity of the data security of the people and businesses of Illinois. Cybersecurity is even more important given the increasing reliance on technology in a post-COVID world.

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Illinois Secretary of State Candidate Pat Dowell Responds to Alexi's vanity driver's license proposal
September 7, 2021

Editors Note:Today, September 7, Alexi Giannoulias released his plan for the Secretary of State’s office to price-gouge residents for vanity pictures on their driver’s licenses.

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Pat Dowell Candidate for Secretary of State Will March in Labor Day Weekend Parades and Events
September 4, 2021

Alderman Pat Dowell, Democratic Candidate for Illinois Secretary of State, will attend Labor Day celebrations

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Pat Dowell Candidate for Secretary of State Statement about FCC proposed $5.1 Million Fine of Jack Burkman and Jacob Wohl For Lies to Voters Spread by Robocalls
August 27, 2021

In August 2020, I received a robocall from Jack Burkman; the call said, “Did you know that if you vote by mail, your personal information will be part of a public database that will be used by police departments to track down old warrants and be used by credit card companies to collect outstanding debts?”

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Illinois Secretary of State Candidate Pat Dowell calls for Digital Driver's License
August 16, 2021

Pat Dowell, candidate for Democratic nominee for Illinois Secretary of State, announced another innovation for the Secretary of State’s office. She proposed the creation of a digital driver’s license that would be available on your phone, like a boarding pass, an idea that is becoming a reality in many states across the country. The digital license would be available to augment a hard copy license.

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Ald. Pat Dowell Announces Plan to Double Supplier Diversity Goals for Secretary of State's Office
June 30, 2021

Secretary of State candidate Pat Dowell announced her plan to set a supplier diversity goal for the Secretary of State's office that is double the current goal for State of Illinois agencies."Increasing contracting opportunities for women, veterans, and Black and Brown entrepreneurs can be done," Ald. Dowell said. "I know, because I've done it in my ward and throughout the City of Chicago."

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Ald. Pat Dowell Calls for Personal Dashboard for the Illinois Secretary of State's Office
June 17, 2021

Today, Chicago Alderman Pat Dowell, candidate for Democratic nominee for Illinois Secretary of State, released an innovative program for the Secretary of State's office. She is proposing that the Secretary of State implement a personal dashboard for each resident that could be viewed on their mobile devices or the SoS website.

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