6th Ward - 2023 Aldermanic Race
Paul Bryson Sr. is an aide to Ald. Roderick Sawyer (6) and has owned a kitchen and bath remodeling business for two decades, according to his campaign website. In 2011, he served as campaign manager for Sawyer, who is vacating the 6th Ward seat to run for Chicago mayor.
Bryson served as the superintendent of streets and sanitation for the ward for about eight years before becoming an aldermanic assistant for the 6th, the role he currently holds.
One of his major promises as an aldermanic candidate is to improve timeliness when responding to constituent issues.
Sharon Pincham’s career includes working as district office director and constituent services coordinator for State Sen. Elgie Sims (D-Chicago), according to her LinkedIn. Pincham has also been a realtor and real estate broker, plus worked as a tax preparer. Her career also includes work as assistant bureau chief in the Illinois Department of Human Services Division of Rehab Services, according to her Facebook .
Aja Kearney has worked for the local Democratic Party and its officials at multiple levels and is now seeking to hold elected office herself. Kearney was a district director for State Rep. Marcus C. Evans, Jr. and in 2022 assisted the political campaign of incoming Illinois Secretary of State Alexi Giannoulias. Kearney also spent time working for Cook County Government, including working as an assistant in the Office of the Board President for three years, according to her LinkedIn page.
According to her campaign website, Kearney’s passion for politics stems from time she spent at an early age with her mother, who was an assistant to former Ald. Lorraine Dixon. Kearney attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and graduated from the Illinois Women’s Institute for Leadership in 2006.
William Hall is the pastor at St. James Community Church in Chatham, and his run for 6th Ward alderman has the endorsement of United Working Families.
Hall has worked as the National Field Coordinator for Rev. Jesse Jackson Jr. and the Rainbow Push Coalition and in 2011 founded the Acts of Love Global Foundation, an organization dedicated to human rights and social services which helps to provide resources to kids in poor communities across the U.S. and globe. Hall was educated at DePaul University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in economics with a minor in religious studies, according to his biography on the St. James website.
He received a master’s in divinity at McCormick Theological Seminary and is currently a Doctor of Ministry candidate in African-Centered Religious Thought and Ministry under the deanship of Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright, according to the website.
Sharon Pincham’s career includes working as district office director and constituent services coordinator for State Sen. Elgie Sims (D-Chicago), according to her LinkedIn. Pincham has also been a realtor and real estate broker, plus worked as a tax preparer. Her career also includes work as assistant bureau chief in the Illinois Department of Human Services Division of Rehab Services, according to her Facebook.
Richard Wooten is making his latest run for the 6th Ward aldermanic seat after unsuccessful runs in 2019, 2015 and 2011.
Wooten has also run twice as a Democrat in Illinois House of Representatives District 34. He claimed second place in the Democratic primary in 2012 and announced a primary run in 2014 against the incumbent, former Rep. Elgie Sims Jr. but withdrew before the primary took place.
Wooten is pastor at Gathering Point Universal Ministries, a retired Chicago Police officer and serves as a Community Advisory Council member for the Civilian Office of Police Accountability.
Barbara Bunville served in the Chicago Police Department for over two decades, first as a police officer and later as the organization’s communications director. According to her campaign website, Bunville has a doctorate in instructional leadership and a master’s degree in forensic psychology. She is a member of the Fraternal Order of Police.