The Vision

Vision For Our Ward

My dream is for all of us to live in a city that puts the needs of the Community First

The neighbors I have met in the 31st Ward are hardworking and honest. They value the unity that comes from helping one another and working together to make our neighborhoods better. We know that we are only truly free when we feel safe walking around in our own community, and we need a city government that will actually listen and respond to our concerns—not just pay lip service to them.

Focus Areas

Community First means focusing on solving the problems affecting working families. To ensure that the 31st Ward stays vibrant, our Community First vision will focus on:

Safety

  • Addressing issues that impact the sense of safety, security, and well-being in our communities by facilitating neighbor-to-neighbor interaction and rebuilding public trust.

Services

  • Providing superb constituency services by prioritizing the elimination of potholes, congestion, parking shortages, litter, and dog waste.
  • Advocating for additional city funding for tree trimming, rat abatement, and graffiti removal.
  • Advocating for additional community-based mental healthcare services in our ward.

Housing

  • Ensuring all proposed large residential developments meet a high affordable housing threshold.
  • Bringing services to the ward office that help homeowners keep and invest in their properties.

Community

  • Creating new employment opportunities and helping our ward’s businesses invest in their workers through subsidizing workforce training costs and providing grants for building repairs and remodeling.
  • Supporting civic engagement by encouraging community members to participate in setting spending priorities for the ward.
  • Ensuring that the aldermanic office is a sanctuary zone for our undocumented populations, with Spanish language access and other inclusive measures.

Vision For Our City

Chicago is a city in crisis. Children do not receive the world-class education they deserve. Our neighborhood parks, streets, and public transportation need major repairs. Rising rents are displacing longtime residents, and rising inequality is pushing people out of Chicago and out of the middle class.

Focus Areas

We need elected officials who put Community First by tackling the most important issues facing our city and neighborhoods. Together, we can ensure that city government and the 31st Ward office invest in the real needs of our families and our neighborhoods. To bring that vision forward, I will advocate for the following at City Council:

Safety

  • Addressing violence and safety in our communities by focusing on the root causes of divestment and economic segregation.
  • Investing in desegregation, access to diverse education settings, economic development, rich transportation options, public health and mental health, and vibrant parks and green spaces.

Taxes

  • Focusing on corporations and the rich paying their fair share of taxes, fees, and fines.

Education

  • Investing in our families by fully funding all our neighborhood schools.
  • Ensuring community control over public education through an elected school board.
  • Supporting the aspirations of all Chicagoans by making City Colleges of Chicago free to attend for all residents, regardless of age or immigration status.

Housing

  • Addressing the city’s housing crisis by supporting the construction and preservation of affordable housing.
  • Advocating for the construction of additional permanent supportive housing for people living with disabilities and other special needs.

Services

  • Supporting women and reducing the burden of childcare costs on families through free, full-day preschool.
  • Driving economic growth and lowering utility costs with affordable municipal broadband internet.

Community

  • Protecting our immigrant families by making Chicago a real sanctuary city.
  • Getting big money out of politics and making city officials accountable to our communities through publicly funded elections.

Environment

  • Addressing flooding and investing in our city’s future by strengthening our commitment to the environment.