Thank you for giving me the opportunity to introduce myself. I am a life-long Chicagoan who has lived in the Logan Square neighborhood for the past twelve years. I am a lawyer and college English professor who has dedicated my career to helping others improve their lives.
I come from a middle-class family that has always emphasized education as self-empowerment. My wife Beth and my mom Sharon are both Chicago Public School teachers, and I am fully committed to the idea that high quality public education is our most important community resource.
I am running for 31st Ward Alderman to move our community forward. I plan on doing this by improving our schools, cutting down on crime, and developing our Ward’s economy. We need to stop taking money out of our Ward and start investing in the people that live here. The last several years are proof that our current City leadership is not putting Chicago’s working and middle-class families first. We live in rapidly changing times that call for a new type of leader, and I am the right candidate to provide that new leadership.
The 31st Ward has a rich cultural and political history, but what makes it special are the people who live and work in the community. Those people deserve a leader focused on what most benefits them and their families. My background in law and education provides me the skills necessary to creatively address our Ward’s longstanding issues and to stand up for the values and concerns of our residents.
If elected, I promise to provide new and innovative solutions to the Ward’s biggest problems. And I’m not just talking about rats and potholes, but I’ll fix those too! Our public schools, public safety, and economic and job development have to be improved if we want to keep pace with the rest of the City and other communities around the country. Working to improve these areas through smart and efficient action is my top priority. Together we can forge new ground while maintaining the Ward’s cultural integrity and traditions.
We are One Community. We are One Ward. We are Thirty One.