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Neighborhood Impact from the Primary Election

1 month 1 week ago - 1 month 1 week ago #1 by Justin Kerr
Those who've voted and followed the local primary elections (on June 28) may have been tracking a couple key races that impact the neighborhood.

Notably, 12th Ward Alderman George Cardenas has been elected to the Cook County Board of Review . He bested incumbent Tammy Wendt and has announced he'll assume the board position before the end of the year, vacating the 12th Ward city council seat and no longer serving as 12th Ward alderman. A Block Club Chicago article by Madison Savedra offers many details.

Precedence lets Chicago's mayor appoint an alderman and alderwoman to a vacated seat, as happened with Nicole Lee's appointment to 11th Ward alderwoman following the conviction and resignation of Patrick Daley-Thomas earlier this year. We've heard no word yet on any 12th Ward appointments (or candidates for such), and the election deciding aldermen and alderwomen is set for Feb. 28, 2023, shortly after Cardenas stated he'd depart.

Right now, the 11th Ward only covers the southeast corner of the McKinley Park neighborhood, however, after the (highly gerrymandered) redistricting map goes into effect in 2023, McKinley Park will get chopped up even more between the 11th and 12th Wards:

Both upcoming 12th and 11th ward races will be consequential for the McKinley Park neighborhood, and it will be interesting to see what slate of candidates develop, and who best speaks to our neighborhood's (and others') needs and opportunities.

Although both city council positions seem to be in a power vacuum, the 12th Ward race is especially interesting due to Cardenas' departure, and his opponents' past reliance on his support of the MAT Asphalt development as a campaign cudgel to wield against him. It will be interesting to see if past opponents' closely allied anti-MAT Asphalt neighborhood activists will begin to focus on environmental issues, now that the political value of flogging a single industrial site seems to be running its course.

Another notable result from the election is the loss of local resident Steve Demitro running for judge for the Cook County Circuit Court's 14th Subcircuit. He lost to candidate Viviana Martinez.

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Last edit: 1 month 1 week ago by Justin Kerr.

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