If you're just picking up the story, dear neighbors, our alderman, Vi Daley, has four tough-minded competitors who sincerely want to take her to the Lincoln Park mat. So to speak.
For the record, we here at The Place Where We Live headquarters have determined that we will act as Switzerland and will not endorse any candidate. This is due to three main reasons:
- I'm actively looking to move out of the ward because most of the single family homes in my price range do not fall within this ward's boundaries. ('Tis a shame and not a surprise, right?)
- To date, I've briefly met three of the five candidates, and I believe that each is acting in good faith to serve our community. I really respect that.
- What do I know?
That being said, I certainly have some opinions on the matter.
So, let's begin with a simple introduction to the candidates, culled from their websites. More to follow in the coming days and weeks. I do hope you will chime in and comment as you see fit.
I also welcome more information, tips, and thoughts via e-mail at ThePlaceWhereWeLive (at) Gmail.com
Vi Daley (Incumbent)
Vi has been serving as our alderman since 1999. Her ward office can be found here.
Her reelection campaign site can be found here. One sentence on why you should vote for her (excerpted from her website):
"She has always understood what gives our neighborhood its character, strength and historic feel. She has always had a common bond with the community."
Tim Egan works as the Director of Outpatient Services and Managed Care Contracting at Norwegian American Hospital on the far northside. He's also an active community member.
His campaign website can be found here.
Why he believes he'd make a good alderman (excerpted from the campaign website):
"Tim Egan possesses a passion for two things that will make him a successful and respected Alderman of the 43rd Ward in the City of Chicago; his family and community involvement. "
[Note to Egan Campaign: Please put election photo in your gallery for media use.]
Unfortunately, I could not find a website for Goodstein. If I have overlooked it, please e-mail me at ThePlaceWhereWeLive (at) Gmail.com.
According to this Sun-Times story, Goodstein is a lawyer and the former president of the Meigs Action Coalition.
UPDATE: Rachel Goodstein's site can be found here.
One sentence on why she's running: "(Mayor Daley's illegal bulldozing of Meigs Field) galvanized my commitment to the cause of good government in Chicago. "
Michele is a former federal prosecutor, business leader, and active community member. Her campaign website can be found here.
One sentence on why she's running (excerpted from her campaign website):
"I'm running for alderman of the 43rd Ward because this neighborhood deserves better. Lincoln Park, Old Town and the Gold Coast need a proven leader who will protect what is best about our communities and prepare for the future."[Same note to the Smith campaign -- please put your campaign photo in the gallery for media use.]
Peter Zelchenko is a technology and design expert and community activist.
You can find his campaign website here. He also writes a blog about the ward. You can find it here.One sentence on why he's running (excerpted from his website):
"If I want to prove anything, it will be to use Lincoln Park's better nature to set an example. To develop a mission with those generous ones among us who believe we can do much, much better. "
[Note to Zelchenko campaign, please make a photo available for media use on your site that is not tied to the masthead.]
Stay tuned, everyone, this is going to be a good one!
More 43rd Ward Election Information for You
Aldertrack - 43rd Ward Coverage (including signature tracking)here.
Inside newspaper's recent coverage of the race here.