James Cappleman

Chicago City Council, Ward 46


James will continue to be a voice for equality on the Chicago City Council


James Cappleman is running for reelection as Alderman of Chicago’s 46th Ward. 

For over a decade prior to his election, James was a leading community advocate on a variety of public safety and social service issues. One of James’ proudest accomplishments from his most recent term as Alderman has been finding housing for 96 previously homeless residents who were living in inhumane conditions under the Lake Shore Drive viaducts. This effort was so successful that it is now being used in other parts of the city to obtain housing for people trapped in the cycle of homelessness. James also pushed Chicago to develop a system whereby social service agencies collaborate and coordinate so people in need can get services – and results – in a more timely manner. His new process will begin rolling out in 2019.  

James is an outspoken LGBTQ advocate. A standing member of the Chicago City Council’s LGBTQ Caucus, James fought for legal protections for transgender Chicagoans, including solidifying their legal right to use the restroom of their choosing. The ordinance passed in June 2016. 
James has a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from the University of Houston and a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from UIC’s Jane Addams School of Social Work. He lives in the Uptown neighborhood of Chicago with his husband of 27 years, Richard

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