Why I'm running
People ask me why I am running for office. A simple answer is because I have experienced leadership that refused to take responsibility for fixing problems. Leadership that turned their back on trying to help when problems were, "too big for any one person to solve."
Eleven years ago, when the housing bubble burst, many of my neighbors and I were thrust into a situation that put us at risk of losing our homes. Instead of giving up, we worked together to keep our building afloat. This experience taught me that one person can't do things alone - but one person can be the reason that others find hope and decide that change is possible.
We need and deserve to have leaders who not only listen, but who help. I believe we have a responsibility to fix things, because we are in this together. This is why I am running. And it is why I want to be your next Alderwoman. Help me to bring community voice and community choice to the 49th Ward.
Our community is important to me
I know that relationships matter. Helping each other matters. And I believe that we are all impacted by the challenges and successes in our ward.
I’ve lived in Rogers Park for more than a decade. I have strong roots here, and I know our community’s needs well. When current elected officials fail us, a new generation of leaders has to step up with fresh ideas. I want to be a leader for you. My vision for the 49th Ward is built on community voice, inclusion and accountability.
Who we vote for in local elections matters. When Chicago Aldermen approved the Mayor’s city budget, they chose the wrong priorities. Underfunded public schools, shuttered mental health clinics, and loss of affordable housing have been the fallout from decades of developer bonanzas, parking meter sales, charter school expansions, TIF misuse, and most recently, a $95 million allocation for a new police academy. This blatant mismanagement of our public monies leads to neglect of Chicago’s most vulnerable residents and neighborhoods.
Transparency of public budgets, community control, and accountability form the backbone of my current work with the national Participatory Budgeting Project, and I will bring this extensive experience with municipal governance and budgets to my role as 49th Ward Alderwoman. If you elect me, I will be the first openly gay woman of color to sit on Chicago’s City Council.