Jane Lucius and her husband are small business owners and longtime Edgewater residents, according to her website. Lucius has served as a beat facilitator for the Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy program in the 24th police district and as president of Neighbors of Edgewater West.
Gabriel Piemonte is a Woodlawn resident and longtime journalist and community organizer. He worked as an editor for the Highland Park Herald and a communications consultant and has made strides in community organizing in the 5th Ward, where he resides. He aided in building a credit union in the South Side for borrowers who’ve often been turned away and helped to create a program for area teenagers to get paid to learn videography and critical thinking skills.
Piemonte already ran for the 5th Ward and placed in third in the 2019 election. His policy platform resembles that of his 2019 campaign. Piemonte has highlighted the causes of reparations for descendants of enslaved Black Chicagoans and Black Chicagoans harmed by racist housing practices, the human rights to housing and employment and reforming the Chicago Police Department’s budget in both his 2019 campaign and his present campaign.
His current campaign for alderman is more focused on public safety, as it’s become an increasingly present issue in Hyde Park. “What’s going on in Hyde Park is as real as it is anywhere else, and the city is in crisis,” Piemonte said in an interview with Block Club Chicago. “In parts of the ward, crime is more of an issue in other parts, but no resident at this time can be told that there aren’t issues around safety and security.”
Ald. Daniel La Spata (1) tweeted Tomorrow! Join the Department of Planning and Development for the first community meeting on the Milwaukee Avenue Urban Identity study! You can learn more at the project website, and register below Register (1/11/23, 6pm): https://tinyurl.com/4ks8fepn Website: http://chicago.gov/MilwaukeeAve"
Ald. Raymond Lopez (15) tweeted "This morning I met w/ @PeoplesGasCHI concerning their meter replacement program in the 15th Ward’s #ChicagoLawn community. As work progresses into 2023, we cannot leave sidewalks in this condition. I look forward to working together to speed up restoration for my residents."
Ald. Matt O'Shea (19) tweeted "I'm honored to have the endorsement of IUOE Local 150."
Ald. Gilbert Villegas (36) tweeted "We are working to organize a Town Hall this month to discuss the #plowthesidewalks initiative. There are approximately 500K people with disabilities living in Chicago. It’s OUR responsibility to champion equity and opportunity for ALL Chicagoans."
Ald. Andre Vasquez (40) tweeted "I am honored to be endorsed by the 40th Ward Dems! The 40th Ward Dems, led by @MaggieJOK, are committed to increasing voter access and turnout in our ward! Thank you for all you do! I look forward to continue working together to move our ward forward!"
Access Living is hosting a panel on disability issues with mayoral candidates at 115 W. Chicago Ave. at 1 p.m. Saturday. Andrés Gallegos, who is the chair of the National Council on Disability, will host the panel and members of the public are welcome to attend. The event will also be livestreamed. Additional information, including candidates’ answers to a questionnaire, is available online.
A lifelong Chicagoan, Leni Manaa-Hoppenworth is a small business owner and community organizer who has lived in Andersonville for over two decades. Manaa-Hoppenworth has a long background in dance as a classically trained ballerina and graduate of the Chicago Academy for the Arts. She later received her bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from the University of Illinois at Chicago before going on to open the dancewear store Chicago Dance Supply in Andersonville. She’s also worked as a senior account executive with the Chicago Reader since 2018. Manaa-Hoppenworth discovered her knack for politics and organizing during the 2016 presidential election, when she founded two chapters of the Indivisible Project (Indivisible Illinois and Indivisible Illinois 9th District Anderson-Edgewater).
Currently serving as Illinois’ Assistant Attorney General, Isaac Freilich Jones is a lifelong Chicago resident who has built his career on public and social services. Freilich Jones became a cancer survivor his senior year of high school, which cemented his belief in universal health care. His early career background is in consulting, when he worked as an associate with O-H Community Partners where he advised foundations, local governments and nonprofits on advancing environmentally sustainable development projects. Freilich Jones went on to attend Harvard Law School before returning to Chicago to work in private practice, in which he provided pro bono legal services to low-income renters who faced eviction. He’s also been active in local nonprofits, as he served as the Board President for the Howard Area Community Center. Some of Freilich Jones’s core issues bolstering affordable and public housing, overseeing the completion of the Lawrence-Brywn Mawr modernization project and expanding early childhood education.