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Community SAFETY

  • Reforming the Chicago Police Department by making sure first responders are properly trained and accountable to the people they serve.

  • Ensuring the safety of every resident, regardless of their race, ethnicity, gender identification, immigration or socio-economic status.

  • Securing its fair share of police resources for the 33rd Ward and increasing the number of sworn detectives so victims get the justice they deserve.

  • Empowering residents to help address the root causes of crime by expanding the availability of critical social services, building neighborhoods rooted in systemic empathy, and working to establish a 33rd Ward Community Justice Center

  • Maintaining a zero-tolerance policy regarding the gang violence that tears at the fabric of our neighborhoods.

keeping Chicago


  • Preserving and expanding upon the ward’s safe and accessible affordable housing, so that everyone can afford to live, work, and play in the 33rd Ward.

  • Increasing the use of coach houses, accessory dwelling units, and transit-oriented development to encourage greater density in neighborhoods that can support it.

  • Maintaining a community-centered, inclusive development process that recognizes each neighborhood’s unique set of needs.

  • Strengthening tenant protections by passing Just Cause Eviction legislation and amending the Residential Landlord Tenant Ordinance to include new protections for Chicagoans regardless of their residency status.

  • Reforming the Chicago’s Affordable Renters Ordinance so that downtown developers and corporations do their fair share to help establish affordable housing in the neighborhoods that need it the most.

a new deal for our public schools

  • Ending the revolving door at CPS by establishing a democratically elected school board so that residents can have a voice in deciding the school system’s priorities and establishing a 33rd Ward Advisory Council to help shape our local advocacy efforts.

  • Ensuring our neighborhood schools are fully funded and focused on improving educational outcomes, not political pet projects.

  • Expanding the availability of social services, adult education, vocational training, and other programs that help make our neighborhood schools anchors in the community.

  • Directing capital dollars towards critical safety improvements and other investments that will enhance our local schools up and boost enrollment.

  • Continue supporting a moratorium on charter schools, school closures and ending disastrous privatization schemes that prioritize profit over people.

Good Government We Can Afford

  • Pressuring our state legislators for a progressive income tax in the State of Illinois.

  • Leveraging my role on the Chicago Fine, Fees, and Access Collaborative to reform a broken system and help put more money into the pockets of working-class residents.

  • Continuing to vote NO on all property tax increases until a new mayoral administration is able to draft a budget that prioritizes the needs of neighborhoods, while shifting a larger share of our debt and pension obligations to the 1% who have benefited the most from our growing economy.

  • Ending corporate welfare and abolishing the use of TIF funds and other financing schemes that benefit downtown development.

  • A permanent moratorium on the privatization of public assets.