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Zerlina is your caring & dedicated neighbor in Cook County’s 1st District, which includes Chicago’s Westside & West Suburbs.  Click for 1st District info.


Zerlina is a longtime resident of Chicago’s South Austin community.  She is president of Quincy Strong Block Club.


As the mother of Cherish together with her husband Antoine, Zerlina wants a better life for you, your family & everyone.


Professionally, Zerlina is the Victim Services Coordinator for Together Chicago, a non-profit agency that helps victims of crime and people in need who live in the Garfield Park and Austin communities.  With great compassion, Zerlina helps these people gain essential services to overcome their difficult challenges.


Personally, Zerlina is a founding member of the Good Neighbors Campaign (part of Westside Health Authority), a member of The Leaders Network, former secretary of Columbus Park Advisory Council, former chair of Saucedo Scholastic Academy Local School Council and a violence prevention specialist to create neighborhood safety strategies.


Zerlina is committed to economic, racial and social justice.  She opposes any discrimination based on race, religion, gender or sexual orientation.  She supports the rights of workers to organize & bargain collectively.

Zerlina’s Grandma Cora Smith is her inspiration to serve others.  Grandma Cora organized CHA housing residents to fight for fair resources & social justice.  With the love & wisdom that Zerlina gained from her Grandma, Zerlina is ready to serve & help everyone in Cook County's 1st District.

Support Zerlina for your 1st District Commissioner.  Get involved!

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