Elise Doody-Jones: Resigns from 1st Ward 1st and announces run in 32nd Ward Aldermanic race


Elise Doody-Jones as she was resigning on Oct. 18

Elise Doody-Jones turned in her resignation as treasurer and facilitator of Proco "Joe" Moreno's 1st Ward 1st* on Oct. 18 and has just announced that she is collecting signatures to be on the aldermanic ballot in the 32nd Ward to run against Alderman Scott Waguespack.

"I will always fight for what is best in our community," she said as she turned over her keys, distributed materials to a few people in the room then left the meeting, on the 18th.

Over the next couple of days, she indicated that she really didn't know what she was going to do. By Oct., 27 however, The Friends of Elise Doody-Jones was created and filed the next day, according to the State Board of Elections site.

"We often have more choices in a grocery store then we have at the ballot box," said Doody-Jones today. "I think that people should always have choices. And, I feel that I can do a good job."

She was in the "graduating class of 2013" from the Illinois Women's Institute for Leadership (IWIL)**. She has been involved in the community with Friends of Goethe Schools as well as a festival on Milwaukee Ave. called ReMix. Recently she closed her business Doddlebug Junction Daycare.

A resident of the 1st Ward and formerly in the 35th, she lives three blocks from the 32nd. As she explains, residential requirements for an aldermanic candidate allow her to file as a 32nd Ward candidate, though she would have to move into the boundaries within 12 months of being elected.

At last year's IWIL "graduation" Doody-Jones said that she was not sure what to expect from the training, she hoped to gain skills, confidence and political direction. What resulted was that, "I have a much clearer view of what I want to accomplish, my views are more solid and voice more steady. No matter how often I try to lead a quiet life, I have finally come to accept that some internal force drives me to take a stand and speak up despite fears."

Assuming she obtains the necessary signatures to get on the February 2015 ballot, Doody-Jones will be out there speaking out for what she thinks should be done. In fact, even if she isn't on the ballot, she will, no doubt, be out there standing up for what she believes is right.

*An independent Democratic 1st Ward organization, on a Sat., Oct. 18, in the campaign side of the building, 2058B N. Western, where 1st Ward Alderman Proco "Joe" Moreno has his office next door. 

**IWIL, whose founders included Loretta Durbin (Senator Durbin's wife), encourages and trains women to become effective leaders in Illinois government and politics, their first class was in 2002.



She's going to prove that she

She's going to prove that she is the better person to lead the 32nd Ward. Said no one ever.

If you look at who she has

If you look at who she has supported and campaigned for you will see that Berries would be the last person to support her. She is a strong independent democratic voice not beholden to any political machine.

Not beholden to any political

Not beholden to any political machine? Moreno seems to be his own political machine. His top volunteers are challenging Aldermen in adjacent wards.

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