My Story


I was born and raised in Chicago and attended Chicago Public Schools. My life has been dedicated to fighting for justice. Whether it was fighting against racism in college or working on behalf of the homeless in law school, I always believed that we must stand up for what is right.  During law school I worked for the Legal Assistance Foundation and the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless working to stop discrimination homeless school children faced in the Chicago Public Schools.

I’ve spent much of my legal career as a Public Defender. As a Public Defender, I represented thousands of poor people, many of them who have no one to stand up for them.  Without fanfare, I represent those who have lost hope, have nowhere to turn and need someone to stand up for them. I believe strongly in education and its importance in our community and for the last 8 years I have taught the law at North Park University.

In 2016, I took on the machine and ran for 33rd Ward Democratic Committeeman.  I defeated Dick Mell, who was a nearly 40-year incumbent. Since becoming Committeeman I have created a rigorous process to evaluate judicial candidates and stood up to the Cook County Democratic Party, challenging many of their anti-democratic practices. As Committeeman, I proudly endorsed Fritz Kaegi for Cook County Assessor to ensure our property taxes were assessed fairly and working families didn’t have to pay the unfair burden of property taxes.

I have been married to my wonderful wife for over 13 years who has always been there for me every step of the way. We have two beautiful daughters who are why I fight every day for a better, more just society.

 Citizens for Goldstein