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48th Ward Aldermanic Candidate Forum & Survey Results

48th Ward Aldermanic Candidate Forum & Survey Results

48th Ward Aldermanic Candidate Forum & Survey Results


Hear the candidates for the 48th Ward share their views on various topics, ranging from economic development to transportation and sustainability.

1. Why do you want to be 48th Ward alderperson?

The 48th Ward is my home. I was born and raised here and I’m raising my family here. I am the third

generation of my family to live in Edgewater and I have deep roots in the community. I care about our

community and I care about my neighbors. I know that the ward has a long tradition of community

involvement and of neighbors working together and I’ve spent years volunteering in various capacities to

help make the ward a better place for all. I want the ward to remain a safe and welcoming place for my

children to grown up in, for Jennifer and I to grow old in, and for new neighbors to make their home.

I believe we need an alderman who knows the community and puts the community voice at the center. We

need an alderman who understands how to bring people together to find solutions. I’ve successfully done

so in my work and in my service at Peirce School.

This is an uncertain time for the city and the ward. We are facing challenges in addressing public safety,

rising property taxes, affordable rental housing, and economic development. We need steady leadership to

make sure the ward remains a safe and welcoming place for all residents, and we need to work together to

ensure that happens. I have the skills, experience, and track record to deliver results for the voters of the

48th Ward.

2. Which of your jobs or volunteer experiences qualify you to be alderperson?

My professional experience over the last 20 years stands out among the other candidates. I am the Vice

President of Real Estate Development for Bickerdike Redevelopment Corporation. I develop high-quality

affordable rental housing in Chicago and have worked in neighborhoods as diverse as Lawndale, Woodlawn,

Edgewater, Uptown, Humboldt Park, Cabrini-Green, and others. I have also worked as a Senior Development

Manager for Holsten Real Estate Development Corporation. I have experience working with community

stakeholders, elected officials, and government agencies at the city, state, and federal level.

I also have experience working directly in the ward, most recently with my involvement at Helen C. Peirce

Elementary School. In my roles on the Local School Council and on the Friends of Peirce board of directors,

I have worked with other parents, teachers, school administrators, and local businesses to improve the

educational experience of students at Peirce, and to build a strong school community so that these efforts

can be sustainable for the future.

I have a proven track record of working collaboratively to build consensus and deliver results. I have

experience in strategic planning, budgeting, zoning, community development, and managing large projects

as well as managing staff. I have a clear understanding of the job of Alderman and know that being able to

manage the details of the ward and deliver constituent services is as important as addressing the larger

policy issues that come before City Council.....

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