During this time, we need to continue to stay local and support our district. Please visit my COVID-19 Information Page for lists of businesses that are open in our district, resources for small business owners and residents, health information, links to food banks, and more. If you need any  further information, please let us know. We are ready to help.


I’m Zahra Suratwala, a Democrat running for the DuPage County Board in District 1.

I am a native Illinoisan, raised in Mount Prospect, and a resident of Elmhurst with my husband and two children for the past 13 years. I obtained my Masters of Arts degree in English Literature from Loyola University Chicago.

I am passionate about our DuPage communities, having chosen to raise children and start a business here, and I want to make our district a healthy and inclusive community where everyone can thrive.

With my experience living abroad and negotiating my Muslim American identity here at home, I will give a voice to a broader, more diverse population. As Co-Founder of the I Speak for Myself® book series, I have a long history defending and celebrating religious diversity and political freedom.

As a writer and public speaker who was invited by the U.S. Department of State to travel to Thailand and Cambodia and engage in cross-cultural dialogue, I know that connecting with others starts with listening.

As a professor of English and as a mother, I know firsthand the importance of high academic standards for the next generation.

I bring to the County Board my passion for DuPage’s communities, my empathy for our neighbors, and my ability to be an effective advocate and ally.

Together we will deliver the future that DuPage deserves. Read more about my stance on the issues here.


Frequently Asked Questions

Map of District 1 (click to enlarge)

Are you in District 1? Search by name or address on the DuPage County Board website.

Are you registered to vote? Register to Vote online at the Illinois Online Registration website.

When is the General Election? The election is November 3, 2020. Find out how to cast your ballot on the DuPage Election Commission website.


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