As a former teacher, I am running to make sure that what’s possible for some of our children, is the reality for all of our children. That means putting our focus – and our resources – back into the Chicago Public School system. It also means finally involving the individuals with direct experience, and the communities most impacted, in the decisions that affect their childrens futures, through a fully elected, representative school board.
I’m running for mayor to give a voice back to the people of Chicago; to shape a Mayor’s Office that understands, values and reflects the diversity of its residents and communities.
As a former Alderman, I am running because everyone must feel safe in their communities. That means fighting to get illegal guns off our streets and working to build a more effective, accountable police force that serves and protects all our communities. It means recognizing that the safety of our communities is not achieved through policing alone. We must stop relying solely on police officers to serve as everything from social workers to health care providers and address the underlying public health factors that influence the decisions of so many.
We must have a Mayor’s Office that fights to make sure working class families live in a city that works for them. That means having a real plan to fight for a $15 minimum wage, making real investments in small businesses and bringing jobs to every neighborhood.
When it comes down to it, I’m running for my grandkids. I want them to have a solid education and real opportunities afterwards. I want to make sure that they are safe and happy; that they are thinking about their futures and not worried about their present. I can do something to make that hope a reality, and not just for my grandkids – but on behalf of all the other mothers, fathers, grandparents, aunts and uncles who have too often felt undervalued or overlooked.
When it comes down to it, I’m running for my grandkids.