Results of the CBCO Municipal Candidates Questionnaire
Below are responses to the CBCO Municipal Candidates Questionnaire conducted by the Coalition of Chicago Black Organizations. The CBCO asked candidates for the February 24 Municipal Election to tell us why they were running for office or for re-election, what their vision was for the office, their qualifications for office and to respond to policy and position questions based on a Black Agenda. Their answers are in their own words. This is the beginning of establishing the foundation for holding our elected officials (and ourselves) accountable for representing the interests of our diverse community.
Incumbents – had 59 questions for a possible 118 / Non Incumbents had 58 for a possible 116
Each question had the potential of getting 2 points. Candidates received 1 point for a YES answer, except with Question 9 where 1 point was given for a NO answer. No answers received a 0. If the candidate gave a rationale for a YES or NO answer they received 1 point.
In general, the higher the overall score, the closer the Candidate is aligned with all aspects of the Black Agenda.
Key Finding: A given Candidate’s overall score may be lower because they did not include a rationale for the positions they were taking (which provided additional points); BUT could still be supportive of the Black Agenda as evidenced by a high percentage of ‘Yes’ responses to questions. We encourage you to view the responses of candidates you are considering voting for.
The results include all 50 aldermanic wards as well as the race for mayor. If a candidate responded to the CBCO request to complete the questionnaire we provide a) the candidate’s overall score, b) their reasons for running and their vision for the Office, c) whether or not the candidate supports a black agenda (per the above criteria), d) a link to their overall score by ‘issue area’, and e) a link to their completed questionnaire. If a candidate did not respond to our request, we indicate this with a (no response) beside their name – we ask that you make your own conclusions from a no response. Note: An ‘*’ identifies an incumbent.
We hope you find value in this effort, but please keep in mind, this is just the beginning of an ongoing process to ensure that we have a government for, of, and by the people.
- Rahm Emanuel* (No Response)
- Willie Wilson (No Response)
- Bob Fioretti Score: 7.8 Why I Am Running / VisionScoring DetailFioretti 1I am a lifelong resident of Chicago and I love this city. I was born and raised in the Roseland neighborhood. Chicago has a problem with the equitable distribution of resources. Right now we have two different Chicago’s and I plan to change that. We have to be deliberate in reallocating resources to the South and West sides of the city that have been deliberately seen decades of disinvestment. We have to also have a plan for economic development, re-introducing our youth to vocational education and fully funding our neighborhood schools, investing in 21st Century technology, have a plan to reduce crime and improve the trust between the police and the residents of the city, and also think outside the box to not only reduce the city debt but increase revenue. I am the only one for this office because I am a true progressive and have consistently been active in trying to find solutions to these issues listed earlier. I was the only candidate that stood with teacher’s during the strike. I decreased the food desserts and brought much needed development throughout the 2nd Ward. I was the first candidate to propose and drive the current mayoral debate.
Like I mentioned earlier, my vision is one of equity. We have to be deliberate in transformative change for Chicago. This is ONE CHICAGO and we have to govern as such and include the entire city in the decision making process.Completed QuestionnaireFioretti 2
- Jesus “Chuy” Garcia Score: 6.8 Why I Am Running / VisionScoring DetailChuy 1Across Chicago, families are suffering from shootings and violence, education cutbacks and a lack of opportunity. I believe it is time to set a new course for our city, and I am the best qualified candidate for the job. I have extensive experience in elected office, as a Committeeman (22), Alderman (22), State Senator (1), and Cook County Commissioner (7). My leadership style would represent a drastic departure from the current mayor’s top-down approach. I would seek community input and take it into account before making major decisions that will impact residents’ lives.
Rahm Emanuel has failed the working families of Chicago. It is time for the people of Chicago to take back the fifth floor of City hall. I will work to improve the lives of everyday Chicagoans by working with neighbors to create safer streets, better jobs and outstanding local schools.
Completed QuestionnaireChuy 2
- William “Dock” Walls Score: 5.9 Why I Am Running / VisionScoring DetailWalls 1I am competent, knowledgeable, experienced and fully conversant with the functions, operations and inner workings and operations of Chicago City government.
My highest priority will be to establish irreproachable Public Safety Services. Through public initiatives, private initiatives and comprehensive tax reform we will stimulate the City’s economy to foster Full Employment. We will develop and efficiently maintain our Public Infrastructure; Enrich the Department on Aging to ensure the health and well being of our Senior Citizens; Provide a superior Public School Education for each and every individual child; Program the Mayor’s office of Employment and Training to train and re-train adults, and end corruption in Chicago.Completed QuestionnaireWalls 2
Percentage of 'Yes' answers: 100%
- Kurt A. Summers* (No Response)
Alderman, 1st, 2nd Wards – no candidates responded
Alderman, 3rd Ward
- Pat Dowel* Score: 5.7 Why I Am Running / VisionScoring DetailDowell 1I am seeking reelection to build upon the strong foundation I created, working with my constituents, since I was first elected in 2007. While we have accomplished much (record attached), more remains to be done and my main priorities for a next term are economic development and job creation, education and public safety.
Although we have made much progress in the last few years, my priorities remain the same as they were in 2011: 1) Reduce crime by working with residents, business and police. 2) Fight to secure funds for school improvements, safe passage and after school programs, better books and computer/iPad/SmartBoard equipment for our children, 3) Create job opportunities by attracting new businesses that provide a living wage, and by supporting existing businesses. 4) Ensure that our city, state and federal tax dollars are used to improve all parts of our ward. 5) Create affordable and market rate housing for families and seniors. 6) Provide quality and consistent city services for all residents of the ward. 7) Respond promptly to all constituent needs and concerns with courtesy and respect.Completed QuestionnaireDowell 2
- Patricia Horton Score: 7.2 Why I Am Running / VisionScoring DetailHorton 1I was approached by several community stakeholders who are concerned about the direction our ward and city is going in. More importantly the closing of 50 schools in the black community really troubled me. My public / private service record as noted herein clearly makes me the most qualified.
Quality education in neighborhood schools, safe neighborhoods that include more restorative justice and ex-offender community accountability, economic development that I will mandate community benefits agreements on all projects to promote and increase targeted employment of people living in the community if elected. Also, create fair housing community advisory to work with neighborhood integration concerns.Completed QuestionnaireHorton 2
Percentage of Yes answers: 100%
Alderman, 4th Ward
- Tracey Y Bey (No Response)
- William D. Burns* (No Response)
- Norman H. Bolden (No Response)
Alderman, 5th Ward
- Leslie Hairston* Score: 6.0 Why I Am Running / VisionScoring DetailHairston 1I come from and represent a ward renowned for progressivism and independent public servants, like Leon Despres, a mentor and supporter until his death. I take very seriously my role as one of a handful of independents in the City Council. Most recently, I co-sponsored the Privatization Transparency and Accountability Ordinance, co-sponsored the $15 minimum wage ordinance and supported the $13 minimum wage ordinance the City Council voted to approve. The Progressive Caucus, of which I am a member, has been trying to reform the often-misused TIF program. In this broader aspect of my aldermanic role I am also able to advocate for a “big picture” vision of Chicago as one city with opportunities beyond downtown tourism. City administrations seem to operate under the assumption certain neighborhoods are beyond revitalization. They ignore the reality that privatization and layoffs reduce the spending power of tax paying residents who lose good employment. Several studies and experience have shown the correlation between good jobs and the reduction in both crime and a host of social or health issues. This is why I have become a committed supporter of the South Suburban Airport, which the last two mayors have tried to thwart. The inaugural phase alone will create 15,000 direct and indirect jobs at every skill level. In addition to South Side communities like mine, corporate and individual taxpayers will generate revenues much more likely to address Chicago’s long-term, systemic budgetary shortfalls related to pensions, adequate services and other municipal needs. This huge economic engine can help us reclaim Chicago from those who control the purse strings to advance the interests of elite business and political interests. Ward, I see potential for bringing in more national retailers, nurturing our growing base In the 5th of small businesses and increasing opportunities related to tourism. I have discovered city officials steering quality businesses away from the South Side and encouraging low-end, dollar stores and fast-food franchises. I have worked with my chambers of commerce to identify trends, demographics and areas of value to potential businesses. I attracted quality enterprises by personally seeking them out and attending business conventions. I have pioneered initiatives regarding participatory governance and eco-friendly waste disposal.
I first ran in 1999 because I wanted to have again the good schools, safe play areas, thriving local businesses and good employment opportunities I remembered growing up in the ward. Now I want to build on the improvements we’ve made and follow through on plans in the works. During the last election, numerous candidates talked about change. In actuality, most of the victorious ones fell in lock step with the administration and have proposed nothing new. We cannot afford to lose any of the independent voices willing to speak up for resident rights, honest government and the equitable allocation of city resources.
Completed QuestionnaireHairston 2
- Tiffany Brooks (No Response)
- Jocelyn Hare (No Response)
- Robin Boyd-Clark Score: 6.7 Why I Am Running / VisionScoring DetailBoyd-Clark 1I am running for this office because residents showed up to my business with petitions that had my name on them. I surveyed the community and people were consistent with a desire for change. I am committed to being a strong voice for the 5th ward on issues, services, and equitable distribution of resources across the entire ward.
I am the best candidate because I have had franchises, a construction company, and start up businesses. I know what it takes to open and maintain a business. I respect a business owner as an investor stakeholder. I've also worked extensively on education, human rights, urban I have run a community development corporation as an Executive Director and know how to engage with both legislators and all stakeholders. I have also started and been a member of various community organizations.
I helped co-found the South Shore Chamber, Historical Society, Docent Council, Tourism Center, and am a member of The Planning Coalition. My business has served as a community hub for birthing and bringing to life many ideas from residents. I have been both a home and commercial property owner in the 5th Ward. I've developed Lakeshore Pointe in Partnership with Shorebank and Fannie Mae, 62 townhouses across from I have worked on historic preservation issues in Pullman when I was an ED of Greater Roseland CDC and that helped me shape an agenda to utilize historic preservation to boost economic development, job creation, and business attraction for the 5th Ward. I have been working on a landmark and main street for South Shore since 2010.
We have no trauma center and the community was not informed about the Obama Presidential Library until the Foundation made it an issue of seeking park-lands without community support. The UofC has not been encouraged to execute any community benefits agreements, and based on passed behavior in community relations, our leader I am running because the current alderman has not developed a plan in 15 years and will not support ideas of other community based stakeholders/organizations. Failed leadership has undermined the economic engine of jeffrey plaza which has had a negative impact on all stakeholders.
I am running because the current alderman has not developed a plan in 15 years and will not support ideas of other community based stakeholders/organizations. Failed leadership has undermined the economic engine of jeffrey plaza which has had a negative impact on all stakeholders.
Crime is higher which has deterred interest in South Shore. The 71st Street TIF was designated in 1998; the Hyde Park TIF was designated in 2001 and there has been NO benefit to stakeholders in the south end of the ward. There has been inequitable distribution of resources in the ward and people are suffering.
We need to be more focused on economic development and technologies available to move people forward. I am the most invested, rooted, & experienced candidate in the 5th Ward race. My experiences have prepared me for this undertaking and I am the candidate that possess the economic, business and community relations skill sets to represent the constituents. The next alderman must be ready to hit the ground running; I am prepared and ready to serve with people anxious to work on committees for progress!
My vision is to utilize historic preservation to: attract new business; strongly encourage (university of chicago & developers) to grow initiatives that have already linked historic sites and enhance the developed bus tour & tourism center; work with neighboring alderman to establish a trauma we need a community development corporation (cdc) to pull together a comprehensive plan & partner with the we will have voter education and review all judges up for My goal is to move black people towards economic empowerment, create black millionaires who reinvest in the community, and get south shore on track within the create a main street along 71st street; execute community benefits agreements; create jobs; center for the south east side of chicago; chamber and other CBOs.
We will have voter education and review all judges up for election, in addition to other municipal offices.
My goal is to move black people towards economic empowerment, create black millionaires who reinvest in the community, and get south shore on track within the ward.
Completed QuestionnaireBoyd-Clark 2
- Jedidiah Brown Score: 2.8 Why I Am Running / VisionScoring DetailJedidiah Brown 1For the past decade, as President of Young Leaders Alliance, and senior pastor of Chosen Generation, I've trained and motivated hundreds of Chicago residents to organize with neighbors to improve their community. Together, we've made neighborhoods safer, put hundreds of people back to work, and ensured that resources were distributed to all residents. My ability to organize people, build consensus, and keep people committed to collaboration are the qualities that will make me an effective Alderman for the 5th Ward of Chicago.
I’m running for 5th ward Alderman to make sure that residents don’t have to move out of our community to feel safe, find a good job, or give their children a high quality education. The 5th ward has so much to offer. We have a world class university, the most beautiful parks in Chicago, and an independent spirit that gives me hope in our ability to move the 5th ward forward faster! Over the past 15 years we've seen a lot of complacency in developing a plan for the 5th ward. I’m ready to use my organizational skills to organize our community stakeholders around a shared vision. Together, we can create a system that drives measurable results in public safety, education and economic development.Completed QuestionnaireJedidiah Brown 2
- Anne Marie Miles (No Response)
Alderman, 6th Ward
- Roderick T. Sawyer* (No Response)
- Richard A. Wooten Score: 9.6 Why I Am Running / VisionScoring DetailWooten 1I’m running for 5th ward Alderman to make sure that residents don’t have to move out of our community to feel safe, find a good job, or give their children a high quality education. The 5th ward has so much to offer. We have a world class university, the most beautiful parks in Chicago, and an independent spirit that gives me hope in our ability to move the 5th ward forward faster! Over the past 15 years we've seen a lot of complacency in developing a plan for the 5th ward. I’m ready to use my organizational skills to organize our community stakeholders around a shared vision. Together, we can create a system that drives measurable results in public safety, education and economic development.
I’m running for 5th ward Alderman to make sure that residents don’t have to move out of our community to feel safe, find a good job, or give their children a high quality education. The 5th ward has so much to offer. We have a world class university, the most beautiful parks in Chicago, and an independent spirit that gives me hope in our ability to move the 5th ward forward faster! Over the past 15 years we've seen a lot of complacency in developing a plan for the 5th ward. I’m ready to use my organizational skills to organize our community stakeholders around a shared vision. Together, we can create a system that drives measurable results in public safety, education and economic development.Completed QuestionnaireWooten 2
- Brian T. Garner (No Response)
Alderman, 7th Ward
- Joseph J Moseley II (No Response)
- Greg Mitchell (No Response)
- LaShonda “Shonnie” Curry Score: 5.2 Why I Am Running / VisionScoring DetailCurry 1I am running for Alderman because, for too long, our elected officials have been absent and unresponsive. I have heard countless stories from constituents who could never get in touch with their Alderman and have had that experience myself. I believe that I have the leadership qualifications that 7th Ward residents are seeking. I founded my block club and worked with my neighbors to clean up crime in South Shore. I also founded a youth mentorship program and have been a community activist for years. I believe that I am an everyday person who will
represent the interests of everyday people. I will also be an independent candidate who will not bow to political pressure or rubber stamp the Mayor's agenda. My top priority will be to serve the needs of 7th Ward residents and to give our communities the kind of leadership we deserve.
I am running for Alderman because 7th Ward residents have felt alienated from the government decision-making process for too long. I would oversee a participatory government where residents have a say in policy and budget matters. I would advocate for an elected rather than an appointed school board. I would also work to strengthen the CAPS program by increasing community involvement and building more trust between law enforcement and 7th Ward residents. I would work to ensure that foreclosed properties are maintained and placed back on the market in a timely fashion. In order to spur investment in the community, I would work with developers and community members to craft a comprehensive, sustainable economic development plan.Completed QuestionnaireCurry 2
- Keiana Barrett Score: 8.1 Why I Am Running / VisionScoring DetailBarrett 1The sum total of my career has been dedicated to public service, and the 7th Ward has been a common thread throughout. As a former Chief of Staff to the 7th Ward, I am intimately familiar with the workings of city government. Moreover, the miles and miles I've walked canvassing homes of 7th Ward residents/attending community forums and the extraordinary experiences I've had working with area youth have reinforced the pressing need for a bold vision brought into being by a leader with a record of results. The office of Alderman has the potential to have a huge impact on the everyday lives of residents. It also allows me to stay accountable to my constituents on a daily basis, continually grounding me in the needs and hopes of our 7th Warders.
Economic Development: The 7th Ward has all the tools to thrive in the 21st century economy. As Alderman, I pledge to maximize these tools, and make sure that their benefits are felt throughout the Ward. On a citywide level, we must ensure economic growth that impacts people in all neighborhoods and at all income levels. Education: Succeeding in the 21st Century requires a world-class education system that develops academic, social-emotional, and cognitive skills. The 7th Ward has the opportunity to serve as a model for Chicago in achieving this goal. Community Renewal: At the heart of our community is the incongruent reality of great hope and experience in promoting change coinciding with much cynicism and lack of disappointment from the failings of some of our former elected officials. Community renewal is not just about economic development; it's about leading a renewed spirit of commitment and
activism within our community. Public Safety/Criminal Justice: Safe streets are a fundamental right of every citizen. They will bolster economic development, improve educational outcomes, and strengthen community ties. But, public safety must not come at the expense of individual rights of minorities. Voting Rights: As we near the 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, we must remind ourselves everyday that the struggle continues, and we must fight to preserve it. Health: All residents of the 7th Ward deserve access to high quality, affordable healthcare. Together, we can achieve this goal.Completed QuestionnaireBarrett 2
- Flora “Flo” Digby (No Response)
- Natashia Holmes* Score: 3.4 Why I Am Running / VisionScoring DetailAld Holmes 1I am the incumbent,so I know exactly what goes on in the Alderman's office on a daily basis, and ever since I have held this position I have worked tirelessly to bring respect and dignity to this office for the residents of the ward. I am dedicated, hardworking and willing to make the tough decisions that will make my community a place where we can live, work and play.
All campaigns, including my own have the same message: economic development (in the sense of jobs, job training, and retail development), safety (more police patrol on the streets and more community engagement in reporting disorderly conduct and criminal activity), and quality education options, that exist in the neighborhood. All of these I have been working
toward in my tenure. However, to get to these pressing issues, other things have to happen. Since becoming Alderman, I have been taking the necessary steps to rebuild our community block by block. The first step is to make sure that the ward is marketable – that means that the ward has to be clean literally and figuratively – cleaning vacant lots, boarding up abandoned buildings and eliminating nuisance loitering on our street corners. The next step is taking an inventory of the assets in the ward (such as Lakeside Development, Rainbow Beach and Park,
the 95th Street Retail Corridor) and using these assets as leverage to bring investment and re-development to our neighborhood corridors, like 75th, 79th and 83rd Streets and returning them to their old regal. Additionally it requires working with successful local businesses and the neighborhood schools to make sure that we are doing all we can do to keep families in our neighborhoods. Lastly, and most importantly, it is making sure that the community remains engaged and is a part of the decision-making process on issues that affect them as residents of the ward.Completed QuestionnaireAld Holmes 2
Percentage of Yes answers: 63%
- Bernie Riley (No Response)
- Margie Reid (No Response)
Alderman, 8th Ward
- Michelle A. Harris* (No Response)
- Faheem Shabazz (No Response)
- Tara Baldridge Score: 7.4 Why I Am Running / VisionScoring DetailBaldridge 1My neighborhood is suffering from a lack of representation in city government and the majority of our residents are being ignored by the current administration. I am running for alderman because I refuse to allow our vibrant community to be sold off to the highest bidder. I want to let our residents be heard within the ward and the city. I am ready to fight for strong ward owned businesses, quality services and support for our youth. I have received unwavering support from constituents who are ready for change.
I am the best candidate for this office because I am not a servant of any other candidate or organization. I am truly for the people. My initiatives support creating a strong economy for all. As an organizer, I believe that I am the best to create leaders in the 8th ward that will work for positive change. I am the only candidate that believes the community can be rebuilt and reimagined as separate from downtown. I know we have the ability to control our own fate and I can encourage our residents to stand up and come together. I am also well versed in follow
through. I know that any true change will come with legislation and I am not afraid to follow up with the city and/or state, if necessary, to pass bills that benefit our residents.
My vision for the 8th ward constituency is one that incorporates the voice of all the residents. I believe that we need to have a more than block clubs, we need to have an agency that is united in bringing our ward together for business development and youth services. Once we have established a stable organization, we will be able to provide programming that meets the needs of residents in an organized manner.
I also see the alderman's office as a resource center for the community. We would have computers and wireless internet for residents and youth as well as a business incubator to encourage entrepreneurship through the office. I would also like to incorporate an 8th ward guide that would list all businesses and offer coupons to encourage residents to shop local. I feel that the
alderman's office should be the hub of the community leading residents to establish strong groups that will continue to fight for the betterment of the ward no matter who is in the alderman's office.Completed Questionnaire Questionnaire Part 2Baldridge 2
Alderman, 9th Ward
- Anthony Beale* Score: 6.0 Why I Am Running / VisionScoring DetailBeale 1Completed QuestionnaireBeale 2
Percentage of 'Yes' answers: 32%
- Michael LaFargue (No Response)
- Harold “Noonie” Ward (No Response)
- Theodore “Ted” Williams Score: 5.2 Why I Am Running / VisionScoring DetailWilliams 1I desire to be an independent voice for reform in the City Council. In my life, I have been fortunate to have had many professional experiences and opportunities. For this reason, elected
office is an act of service for me, rather than a means to career advancement. It is critical that public servants retain an allegiance to their values and their constituents that supersedes any
personal ambition or connection to the agenda of other officials. I pledge to be accessible, accountable, transparent, and a servant to all of the citizens of the 9th ward.
I envision the 9th ward as a vibrant and safe place to raise a family, full of high quality businesses, housing, and entertainment optionsCompleted QuestionnaireWilliams 2
Percentage of Yes Answers: 69%
Alderman, 10th Ward
- Olga Bautista Score: 7.4 Why I Am Running / VisionScoring DetailOlga B 1Because the 10th Ward is a human disaster area, an economic Hurricane Katrina with 17% unemployed and a nearly one third of the residents at or below the poverty line. I am the best candidate because I am the only one repeatedly drawing attention to these facts. My opponents speak of adding thousands more police while I advocate for the immediate creation of thousands of jobs. My first official act will be to immediately marshal every resource and funding available to see to it that no one in the 10th Ward is going to bed hungry or homeless or sick. Taking care of human beings is the immediate priority. No one in this community –which created so much wealth for the steel industry, the chemical industry—should suffer poverty. Like Martin Luther King, I will insist that the elimination of poverty comes first. There is a lot of hidden suffering going on in this ward—seniors tethered to oxygen machines, kids eating one meal a day, families going without heat to pay the rent. We can’t even begin to deal with the other problems until we insure these basic necessities. First and foremost, I am about doing, not just talking. On the issue of our neighborhoods being subjected to dangerous pollution, I am proud to have been among the initiators of the Ban Petcoke Committee. We organized the marches, the community rallies, the confrontations with the polluters and the City of Chicago. I was not a johnny-come-lately to this issue, jumping on the bandwagon. I am and always have been an initiator, an organizer, a mobilizer, someone who believes in what a unified community can accomplish.
Second, I am not one to be easily intimidated. I came from an immigrant family of hardscrabble working people. I’ve had to push back against injustice all my life. I am not seduced by false promises from corporate “saviors” such as Lakeside who promise jobs while refusing to sign a binding community benefits agreement. I am not interested in putting the 10th ward up for sale to those who want to bulldoze us out of our neighborhoods. I don’t compromise my principles or my commitment to this community. I am not just talking about making things a little better; I’m talking about and organizing for something different.
I envision the true political empowerment of the residents of the 10th Ward. As a part of the once thriving Southeast Side, the 10th Ward today suffers in the aftermath of the shutdown of the steel and related industries. The 10th ward suffers from widespread poverty and joblessness. We need a massive public works jobs program to build new homes, rehabilitate existing homes and retrofit them as green, energy conserving spaces; clean up and develop the acres of toxic dumping grounds that proliferate in the ward; I will press for the creation of such a program and seek to have this area declared an economic and environmental disaster area eligible for federal funds. I will work to withdraw the over $108 million in TIF funds now allocated to Lakeside Development’s speculative 30 -30 year project on the site of the former U.S. Steel South Works and halt all work until the owners/developers sign a comprehensive Community Benefits Agreement guaranteeing current residents of the impacted neighborhoods with thousands of permanent, skilled jobs at union-scale wages in both the construction and operation of Lakeside. I will work for a complete ban on petcoke in Chicago—as was done in Detroit and San Francisco-- including the shutdown of the KCBX facility. Whether it is open or “enclosed”, petroleum coke is a toxin that we cannot afford. The “enclosed” state of the art facility that is backed by Alderman Pope and Rahm Emmanuel is a fraud that will bring no permanent new jobs to our residents, but will bring plenty of pollution. This is because the new facility—when it is finally built—will be able to process more petcoke than ever before, loading it onto uncovered barges, railroad cars and trucks where it will continue to blow into our homes and into the lungs of our seniors and children. This is not economic development. The 83-acres that KCBX sits on is already designated as an area for small business, retail, light manufacturing and other genuine sources of safe jobs and public benefit.Completed QuestionnaireOlga B 2
Percentage of Yes answers: 98%
- Samantha M. Webb (No Response)
- John A. Pope* (No Response)
- Frank J. Corona (No Response)
- Juan B. Huizar (No Response)
- Richard L. Martinez, Jr. Score: 4.5 Why I Am Running / VisionScoring DetailMartinez 1I am running for Alderman of the 10th Ward to give working class families a voice at City Hall. The current Administration represents big business, dirty polluting industry. I want to utilize my 20 years of government experience, including actual experience in City Hall and the Illinois State Legislature to be the advocate, voice, representative and ambassador of working class families in the 10th Ward. I believe that I am the best best candidate for this office because I have a heart for people, want to see transformation in our community, have 20 years of government experience in City Hall, Illinois State Legislature, Cook County Government and for the last 15 years I have monitored over half a billion dollars in capital construction contracts for compliance at the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago. In addition, I have a proven track record of fighting on behalf of working class families in the 10th Ward: Former CAPS Beat Facilitator, Member of the George Washington High School Local School Council, President of the Southeast Lions Club, President of the South Chicago Consortium, Co-Founder of the Environmental Justice Alliance of Greater Southeast Chicago, Co-Author of the Environmental Justice Principles of SE Chicago, Co-Chair of the Black-Latino Roundtable, Co-Founder of Nehemiah Leaders Christian Marketplace Association, Part of the Ban Petcoke movement and have invested in and mentored over 200 young men from the community. Also help to lead the victorious fight to stop the polluting Leucadia Coal Gasification Plant from being built in the 10th Ward.
My vision includes safe streets, neighborhoods and communities; remediated parcels of land (LTV property on Ave.& Acme Steel property on Torrence Ave.) a Green Economic Corridor, Wind Farm Pilot Project on Lake Calumet, ensuring that a Community Benefits Agreement gets completed on the Lakeside Redevelopment Project as well as all other major projects. Ensuring that the Environmental Justice principles of Greater SE Chicago are attached to every major project in the 10th Ward.
Working to bring a Veterans Resource Assistance Center to the 10th Ward and utilizing existing vacant homes and apartments for Veterans.
Working to bring a university/hospital (trauma center) to the Lakeside Redevelopment.
Working to bring an International Steel Workers Museum to the 10th Ward.
Completed QuestionnaireMartinez 2
Percentage of Yes answers: 86%
- Susan Sadlowski Garza Score: 6.7 Why I Am Running / VisionScoring DetailSusan S 1Completed QuestionnaireSusan S 2
Percentage of Yes answers: 98%
Alderman, 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th Wards – no candidates responded
Alderman, 15th Ward
- Adolfo Mondragon (No Response)
- Raymond A. Lopez (No Response)
- Rafael Yañez (No Response)
- Eddie L. Daniels (No Response)
- Otis Davis, Jr. Score: 6.9 Why I Am Running / VisionScoring DetailO Davis 1Have worked in community for over 30 years and have helped a number of public officials. Yet now we are losing it the Hispanics because of poor leadership in the 15th and 16th wards. I am bilingual and can work with them to help support the multicultural agenda (African American and Latinos)...
Helping to revive our community through economic development, education, strengthen our current school system and ensure safety in our communitiesCompleted QuestionnaireO Davis 2
- Raul O. Reyes (No Response)
Alderman, 16th Ward
- Cynthia Lomax Score: 5.3 Why I Am Running / VisionScoring DetailLomax 1I'm running for the 16 ward office because I've been a long time resident over 49 years, I'm passionate about the welfare of the people in the community, I've witness the rise and fall of the community, I know working with like minded people we can restore our land, and make better for our people. I'm the person for the job because I can be the voice to speak on behalf of the people to bring growth and development to our community, our community have laid desolate for far to long, we need to restore the properties in our community so our people can thrive
again in a community setting, as well as bring other resources to strengthen our land.
My vision is for us to be like minded, working together for the betterment of the people and for our community. We can accomplish this by hosting meetings in the communities hearing the concerns/needs and issues that effect the people.
Platform: Economic Development/Jobs; Education; Housing/Land Use; Organization/Justice; Fiscal/Infrastructure; Green and Healthy Neighborhoods; CultureCompleted QuestionnaireLomax 2
- Toni L. Foulkes (No Response)
- Jose A. Garcia (No Response)
- Stephanie Coleman (No Response)
Alderman, 17th Ward
- Glenda Franklin (No Response)
- David Moore Score: 5.7 Why I Am Running / VisionScoring DetailMoore 1I grew up in grassroots activism. As an 11-year-old, I walked the 17th Ward with my uncle, an assistant precinct captain. I eventually served and progressed from block club president to director of field operations for the 17th Ward Democratic Organization. I led or assisted a variety of political campaigns, get out the vote and registration drives. I helped establish several new block clubs, shut down drug houses and provide a range of services to over 33,000 residents in 64 precincts. In sum, I have connected with residents and concerns in every corner of the ward I have resided in for 38 years.
Aldermen oversee populations larger than many small cities. They are in a unique position to address every aspect of life for their residents – physical environment, education, job or consumer opportunities, health and social services. I witnessed the consequences of the lack of leadership, vision and independence in our community -- from severe unemployment and school closings, foreclosed homes and abandoned buildings, to neglected street and sidewalk improvements or tree trimming. I quickly realized that – with my passion for progressive change, in-depth knowledge of the ward and blend of organizing and professional experiences – my neighbors could not have a more qualified, committed champion than me.Completed QuestionnaireMoore 2
- James E. Dukes Score: 5.3 Why I Am Running / VisionScoring DetailDukes 1Completed QuestionnaireDukes 2
Alderman, 18th Ward
- Lona Lane* (No Response)
- Derrick G. Curtis (Incomplete Response)
- Michael A. Davis (No Response)
- Chuks Onyezia (No Response)
- Consandra Harris (No Response)
- Brandon Loggins (No Response)
Alderman, 19th Ward – no candidates responded
Alderman, 20th Ward
- Willie Ray, Jr. (No Response)
- Andre Smith (No Response)
- Willie B. Cochran* (No Response)
- Kevin Bailey Score: 5.3 Why I Am Running / VisionScoring DetailBailey 1I am running for this office to make a positive change in the community. Crime and violence has taken our youth and intimidating our seniors. No solutions have been implemented by current leadership. Access to city services is limited, and opportunity seems to only be presented to friends of the incumbent. I am the best candidate for office because the residents of
the 20th Ward are looking for an alternative option for Alderman other than the incumbent. Through grassroots efforts, my campaign has energized this community with a constituency that has not been overly engaged in prior elections. I have demonstrated that my primary focus is to create a positive change for and with the residents of the 20th Ward. I am committed to challenging the status quo.
I envision a resource rich community that includes the following: -Cutting edge educational program for all ages including arts, vocations, and STEM. Education will also cover training and any developing sector of industry. -Innovative community development including life skills, workshops, home ownership training, small business mentorship, economic development both big and small, green energy initiatives, and proper TIF implementation. -Exceptional public safety initiatives including investments in our infrastructure, emergency and first responders, and community engagement activities. -Access to primary health and mental health services in addition to nutritional workshops.Completed QuestionnaireBailey 2
Percentage of Yes answers: 81%
- Ernest Radcliffe, Jr. (No Response)
Alderman, 21st Ward
- Marvin McNeil (No Response)
- Jeffrey Baker Score: 6.0 Why I Am Running / VisionScoring DetailBaker 3The position of Alderman is the community's closest connection to political power; therefore, I am running for Alderman of the 21st Ward to enhance the quality of life of all of its residents and stakeholders. This can only be achieved by recognizing that as Alderman, I am paid by and voted in by the citizens of the 2nd Ward; therefore, I work for and am responsible and accountable to the constituents of the 21st Ward first and foremost! I am running for Alderman of the 21st Ward to: 1) Assure accessibility of our constituents to the office of the 21st Ward Alderman office; 2) Include constituents in the decision making process of the 21st Ward; 3)To bring a spirit of collaborative interaction among 21st Ward economically and socially diverse constituents. and 4) To
empower citizens through educating them on how to organize and mobilize to demand equality in the distribution of services and contracts to the Black community; as well as, other issues that are of concern.
Elected official most often conveniently forget that we operate in a “participatory democracy.” Decisions should not be made from the “top down,” but rather, from the “bottom up.” As Alderman, I will facilitate and inspire the collective wisdom, expertise and energy of the community for its continued improvement. I pledge that as the 21st Ward Alderman, I will establish a 21st Ward Alderman Advisory Committees (i.e. zoning, education, public safety, economic development, social services, etc.) that will have the responsibility to work with the Alderman in developing and implementing solutions to issues in our community.Completed QuestionnaireBaker 2
- Howard Brookins Jr.* (No Response)
- Joseph C. Ziegler (No Response)
- Doris Lewis Brooks (No Response)
- Patricia A. Foster (No Response)
- Ken Lewis (No Response)
Alderman, 22nd, 23rd Wards – no candidates responded
Alderman, 24th Ward
- Frank M. Bass Score: 5.5 Why I Am Running / VisionScoring DetailBass 1The People of the 24th ward need someone that will be a strong experienced public policy legislative voice before the city council. Someone that knows the system, and knows how to make the system work on behalf of the citizens of the 24th ward. I am the only candidate with experience of turning ideas into laws, I am the only candidate in the race with relationships on all levels of
Safe Community, creation of small businesses, block clubs, stronger neighborhood schools, after school programs for our youth, job training and job placement, TIF reform that will enable the ward to have a grocery store, and other sorely needed businesses.Completed QuestionnaireBass 2
- Regina D. Lewis (No Response)
- Wallace E. “Mickey” Johnson (No Response)
- Sherita Ann Harris (No Response)
- Roger L. Washington (No Response)
- Vetress Boyce (No Response)
- LaDarius Curtis (No Response)
- Darren Tillis (No Response)
- Larry G. Nelson (No Response)
- Michael Scott, Jr. (No Response)
Alderman, 25th, 26th Wards – no candidates responded
Alderman, 27th Ward
- Gabe Beukinga (No Response)
- Walter Burnett, Jr.* (No Response)
Alderman, 28th Ward
- Jason C. Ervin* (Uncontested) (No Response)
Alderman, 29th Ward
- Deborah Graham* (No Response)
- Lawrence Andolino (No Response)
- Bob Galhotra (No Response)
- Chris Taliaferro (No Response)
- La Coulton J. Walls (No Response)
- Zerlina Smith (No Response)
- Oddis “O.J.” Johnson (No Response)
- Stephen Robinson (No Response)
Alderman, 30th, 31st Wards – no candidates responded
Alderman, 32nd Ward
- Scott Waguespack Score: 4.6 Why I Am Running / VisionScoring DetailScott W 1I am running for Alderman again for several reasons. First, in my ward I pay very close attention to the issues of crime, education and economic development. All have improved since I became Alderman in 2007 and we are always striving to do better and be successful as communities in our ward. I also focus on citywide issues like education and school closings, crime and violence in the City, and economic development. We have leadership in the City that could be focused on doing more for communities that need assistance and forward thinking development but we constantly see watered down ordinances or deals that benefit dealmakers, as opposed to citizens and taxpayers. I'm in the Council to make sure citizens come first and I will continue to do that in my role as an elected official.
Crime- We communicate and coordinate with the ward communities and police on a constant basis to keep people abreast of public safety issues and how we can do better. The Mayor won’t acknowledge there is a problem, but what happens in any other part of the City affects us directly, less officers, longer response times, less ability to tamp down crime. $100 MILLION in OT is unacceptable budgeting especially when there is ZERO public accounting for the dollars spent. We constantly push for accountability by all but especially those who represent us, and protect us.
Education – public schools are doing well in our ward, but they are always under the gun and under pressure from CPS, amidst poor policy making decisions. We’ve fought hard to keep schools and our kids off the chopping block, but then made sure we worked with parents and teachers to get these schools on a path to success, for our kids.
Economic Development- we continue to surge ahead in the 32nd Ward, staying on a consistent and leading path of construction, economic development, new and rehabbed infrastructure that while sometimes painful can lead to great developments and small or large businesses.
We have guidelines for development created by our community for our community. It raises the flag for developers who know what the rules are, and thus build with consistency and predictability.
Completed QuestionnaireScott W 2
Percentage of Yes answers: 72%
- Elise Doody-Jones (No Response)
Alderman, 33rd Ward – no candidates responded
Alderman, 34th Ward
- Carrie Austin* (No Response)
- Henry Moses (No Response)
- Shirley J. Whte (No Response)
- Charles R. Thomas Sr. (No Response)
Alderman, 35th Ward – no candidates responded
Alderman, 36th Ward
- Omar Aquino (No Response)
- Gilbert Villegas Score: 9.3 Why I Am Running / VisionScoring DetailGilbert V 1Completed QuestionnaireGilbert V 2
Percentage of Yes answers: 95%
- Christopher M. Vittorio (No Response)
- Alonso Zaragoza (No Response)
Alderman, 37th Ward
- Leroy Duncan (No Response)
- Emma Mitts* (No Response)
- Maretta Brown-Miller (No Response)
- Tara Stamps Score: 5.0 Why I Am Running / VisionScoring DetailStamps 1I am a dedicated community leader, lifelong Chicagoan, and the proud mother of an adult daughter and two boys. I am an alumna of Chicago Public Schools. I hold a B.A.
from Central State University and two master’s degrees in education. I was first inspired to become a community leader by my mother, the late Civil Rights activist Marion Stamps, who
fought tirelessly for racial equity and affordable housing in Chicago. Following in my mother's footsteps, I have consistently fought for living wages, economic justice, and fairness in the workplace for all Chicagoans. For almost twenty years, I have been a committed and decorated classroom teacher. I began my teaching career in the 37th Ward at Leslie Lewis Elementary and currently teach fifth grade at Jenner Elementary School. I am a staunch advocate for public schools, a leader with the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU), and coordinating secretary
for the CTU’s Black Caucus. In 2013, I organized parents, students, teachers and community members to oppose the closing of 50 schools in Black and Brown communities. When elected officials turned their backs on our families and schools committees, I decided to run for Alderman.
All 37th Ward families, like families across Chicago, deserve to live in thriving, healthy neighborhoods anchored by strong neighborhood schools and flourishing local businesses. We cannot achieve this vision by nickeland-diming working families with regressive taxes while slashing vital services—closing schools and clinics, leaving potholes unfilled, laying off city workers. The families of the 37th Ward deserve better than vacant buildings, rutted streets, nutrition deserts, and shuttered schools. We deserve a City Council that will fight back against Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s agenda of austerity, and champion the safe, stable communities that we deserve.Completed QuestionnaireStamps 2
Alderman, 38th Ward – no candidates responded
Alderman, 39th Ward
- Joseph Laiacona Score: 5.8 Why I Am Running / VisionScoring DetailJoe L 1City Hall needs to be represented by Alderman who speak for and vote for the Wards citizens, not outside business interests nor those who fund him royally. Citizens are more important than corporations. We need an alderman who is present, who listens, who is approachable and who attends neighborhood association meetings – in person or sends a staffer. I am that man.
These are my qualifications:
BA in Philosophy
MS in Business Administration
Retired Computer Science Instructor – 22 years at Columbia College Chicago
Father of 2 daughters and grandfather of 4
Amateur gardener and handy-man
Elected to the Roosevelt HS Local School Council
Helped start the Part Time Faculty Association at Columbia College/ IEA
Served as President and Chief Negotiator of that union
Voting Democrat Endorsed by NDFA, Green Party and IVI-IPO
As their alderman I will Hire a staffer who speaks Spanish and one who speaks Polish
Hold open forum ward nights throughout the ward
Hold a monthly meeting with Association presidents or their representatives
The average Chicago wage is $27,000 therefore I propose we cut aldermanic salaries to $75,000, saving $1,250,000 a year.
Consolidate City management, not city workers
Build higher quality streets, reducing repair costs.
Work for an elected school board
In fact we need more elected offices, fewer appointed
Fully fund our public schools
Advocate for a $15 an hour minimum wage
Ensure full transparency in all my dealings.
Advocate that city meetings be held when citizens can attend and closer to where they live.Completed QuestionnaireJoe L 2
Percentage of Yes answers: 96.5%
- Margaret Laurino Cappleman (No Response)
- Robert Murphy Crawford (No Response)
Alderman, 40th, 41st, 42nd, 43rd, 45th Wards – no candidates responded
Alderman, 46th Ward
- Denice L. Davis Score: 5.1 Why I Am Running / VisionScoring DetailD. Davis 1I have 24 years of Public Service. 1989 to 1994 I was an assistant to Alderman Helen Shiller. In 1994 Congressman Bobby L. Rush recruited me as his Director of Community Affairs. Alderman Helen Shliier asked me back as her Chief of Staff in 1996, I was wih her until 2011 when she retired. I believe the beauty of our ward is it's diversity, and right now that is in jerpordy. The currents alderman agenda does not include the breadth of the community, only a certain class and group of people are not only heard but additionally is part of the decision making process. Totally disregarding the very people that elected him. The ward office is NOT a full service office,Completed QuestionnaireD. Davis 2
Percentage of Yes answers: 93%
- James Cappleman (No Response)
- Amy Crawford (No Response)
Alderman, 47th, 48th, 49th, 50th Wards – no candidates responded