Aldermanic incumbents 1st Ward Moreno and 26th Ward Maldonado to face new opponents


Ronda Locke

Proco "Joe" Moreno, 1st Ward Alderman, is about to have a third opponent circulating petitions to get on the February ballot. And, 26th Ward Alderman Roberto Maldonado's chair at City Council is being targeted too.

Ronda Locke is about to throw her hat in the 1st Ward race while Juanita Irizarry is aiming for the 26th Ward office.


Juanita Irizarry

In the 1st Ward Anne Shaw and Andrew Hamilton announced earlier in the year now collecting way more than the required number of signatures.

Now East Village resident Locke is in the process of organizing a team to launch her candidacy. 

Locke has firsthand knowledge of the 1st Ward office, having worked for Moreno in that office. Involved in many community organizations, she also had a 17-year career in corporate business. 

Irizarry has straddled living in Logan Square and Humboldt Park her whole life. She has substantial career experience in community development issues, starting with property management in the 1990s at Hispanic Housing Development Corp .  Starting in 1995, she managed a lead poisoning prevention project and was part of the team that repurposed the old El Mercado market place to the Cermak Produce on North Ave. 

She went on, spending three years in Pilsen working on small construction company issues and affordable housing development. After working for 5 years at the Chicago Community Trust, she went to the Governor's Office of Health Innovation and Transformation. There she has been working on reforming our system that takes care of people with disabilities. She is on leave from this position.

Petitions to get on the Feb. 24, 2015, ballot must be submitted by Nov. 24.



Isn't the "satellite" police

Isn't the "satellite" police station just a computer to process paperwork? Is that even approved yet? We all need to ask more details before we vote.

Satellite Office

Glad Alderman able to help Ronda

Alderman Joe Moreno and Ronda have worked closely on together parks, schools and safety in the ward. Interesting comments and perspectives on this thread. Hey, how about that new satellite police station with the sheriff in the old Wood Street station. We all should be excited abou that!

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