It’s been a tough battle for the 24th Ward Aldermanic candidates, as each candidate has so much to offer the ward. The 24th Ward is known for it’s crime and depressed/oppressed economic state and the candidates who have stepped up to the plate have all been victims of the condition. This time—each candidate claims “It’s going to be done different this time around.” And the constituents of the ward are saying “No more games, we we want our fair share.” With the leadership and the constituents being both in agreement with what is needed to change the ward and both are fully in cooperation, I guess we should all prepare ourselves for what is going to be a positive change for the 24th ward. Here is what three more of the candidates are saying about what type of change they will bring to the ward.
I’m Roger Washington and I am running the race for the 24th Ward Alderman because I am looking to bring hope and positive energy to the community. I am looking to start a movement of positive change. Currently, I am a Chicago Police Officer, and a Pastor and I know that God has called me to served to see the rough side of the mountain as well as the spiritual side of the mountain in order that I am able to help the people of my community. Through my gifts, I know that I will help save many young men and women throughout the ward. I would like to tap into the churches in each community to bridge the gap between community and spirituality. This effort will also be to get the churches to extend their mentoring programs to the young children in the community who are not members. This will be apart of my plan to reduce the crime rate and to keep young children off of the streets and out of gangs. The job of the Alderman is to give the information about available resources to the community in order to build the community. It is because the community is segregated and isolated we don’t get the information that we need about funds and resources that are available to us, to build our part of the city. I would like to unit the people by talking to block club presidents, parents, children, and faith based community leaders. I am a big advocate of education and I want to find a way to bring teachers and parent together in order for them to stop fighting one another. I will also fight to have truancy put back into the ward. There is a lack of motivation within my community, and I will motivate the people by showing them that I care. I want to give them the same positive energy that Martin Luther King , and Harold Washington gave us. I want to allow the people to see that the Chicago Police department is not against the people but want to work with the people in order to make our communities a safe place to live. I want to make the people feel safe. Three of my main goals that I have for the 24th Ward is to get the young people off of the streets, bring the ward to the table as a family, and make sure that the funds and resources that are coming to the ward are used appropriately. I want to make sure that our lots are filled and make sure that I communicate with the people in the ward who are just holding lots. We must come together with a plan to get the lots filled to make the community look and feel better. I plan on having a monthly meeting with the constituents of the ward. I will be visible in the ward, I like to be out and about with the people. I understand that we are to meet each other where we are and begin to make the change. Just give me the plate form, and allow for me to speak on your behalf and I promise you will see and feel the positive change—it only takes one movement.
For more information on Roger Washington log on to: http://rogerlwashington.com/Home.html
My name is Julius Anderson and I’m looking to become the Alderman of the 24th Ward because I want to provide more opportunities to the residence of the ward. I demonstrate a performance based model that has been successful over the years. As an educator, and owner of my own non-profit organization called “Men For A Better Lawndale,” I have helped young men, women and seniors get off of the streets and to positive work with in my community. I have taught at a number of schools all during my teaching career in North Lawndale, and I have also taught a Doctoral program at the University of Illinois of Chicago. Because I have worked so many years as an education, I understand the importance of strong education programs that are needed for the youth. We need to make sure that our youth have programs on the community level and as well training initiatives. We need to have more community based centers wrapped around education, recreation, and technology to get our youth better prepared. And most importantly, we must have parent training programs for young parents. I believe that outreach programs will re-direct people who are apart of the subcultures of littering, narcotic sales, etc. These programs will address those who have gone wayward. We need to have a place where young men and women can learn to present themselves in a better way, to be transformed and take pride in themselves and their community. It is my understanding that according to empirical research, that the youth in the inner city are angry, and they are taking their anger out on those who have not embraced them. This is the main reason why we have so much crime in our communities. We are to engage and embrace our youth–we are to pay close attention to them. We need to connect the community and our police together and get a community based plan to address the crime in the community and be proactive so that we can stop the crime before it takes place. This community plan needs to involve Cook County’s Commissioner, school Principal’s, block club Presidents, the two Commanders of the 10th and 11th police district, state Senators, state Representatives, and possibly a representative from the Mayors office. A monthly meeting will have a major impact on reducing crime in the ward. And we definitely need to eliminate the park-lots, they breed midnight trouble. Recently, the seniors in my community and I have come together to make sure that one of my local stores in the community provides fresh fruits and vegetables to the community. Because my ward is considered a food desert, I plan on changing the social landscape in order to attract healthy food stores in the community, and as well provide transporting food services with the seniors in mind. Cooperative grocers are what would be good for our community, because it will allow the constituents of the community to own a share of the market. My focus is to provide people with choices. And through monthly meetings with the constituents and working closely with the people I know that we can make North Lawndale a better place to live and have pride in it.
For more information on Julius Anderson log on to: www.juliusanderson.com
I”m Michael Chandler and I am looking to become the Alderman of the 24th Ward, because I am looking forward to serving the people once again. A lot of you may already know me because I was your Alderman for 12 years before Sharon Dixon became Alderman. While I was your Alderman, I was responsible for bringing the Dominick’s supermarket and movie theater into the community and it hurts my heart to see them boarded up and no longer open to the community. I want to lift the community. I have over 25 years experience in local government, and know that I can help the community with what is needed. Although economically, times are tougher, I will push for new businesses and new businesses mean new jobs for the community. I will offer businesses incentives to come into our community, I will have a program put in place to restore the abandon buildings, and I am a supporter of the “New Homes For Chicago” program. I plan to use TIF dollars for senior homes to get their awnings fixed. And job training programs are a must for all of the new jobs that will be coming to our community. I have a track record in this community—-I have lived here all of my life since I was 7 years old. We will have monthly meetings in order to come together and fix the 24th Ward. I will go to the people to re-engage the people. I will invite police commanders and business owners that live in the ward. I will use press releases, local news paper, church bulletins and I will also go door to door in order to make the people of the ward aware of the meetings. I am looking to change the minds of young men who are on the streets. I will be innovative and talk to them because they are humans just like you and I. I will listen to them because I know that they have ideas too. It is my plan to get them into programs that will help change their way of life and educate them and get them ready for the work force. I promise that I will be accessible to the people–to all of the people of the ward. I will work with human services organizations to create more shelters for the homeless, and to get them the information that they need to know about in reference to other resource that will help get them off of the streets and a warm meal. We need clean healthy food stores in our community in order for us to patronage. I have done it before and I will do it again, I will get clean grocery markets into our community. And for the businesses that are looking to come into the 24th Ward, if it is the wish of the community we welcome you. I will make sure that you are connected to the Lawndale Local Business Development Corporation, and set you up with all of the right people that you need to be connected to in order to have a successful business in the 24th Ward. I wish for the constituents to understand that I am the best candidate for the Alderman position. I will run this journey on the concept of “We are all equal in the eyes of God,” all I can do is be prayerful in this journey and let God do the rest.
For more information on Michael Chandler log on to: www.michaeldchandler.voterspace.com/
Each candidate has something different to offer, however the focus of education, economic development, and reducing the crime rate seems to be the main goal of each candidate. But who will be the chosen one? Perhaps even after the one who is chosen to take the seat of Alderman is in office, the true colors of those who really care and are willing to make change will certainly shine, because he/she will be willing to continue the works of a leader in his/her community without a political position but as a public servant. Working together as a unit with community in order to form unity and positive change.