Natashia Holmes replaces Sandi Jackson as 7th Ward Alderman

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the new alderman for the 7th Ward Monday.

Emanuel introduced Natashia Lynnette Holmes at a news conference. She replaces Sandi Jackson, who resigned from City Council last month.

“I think Natashia represents a clear break from the past, and a new beginning,” Emanuel said.

Holmes received her law degree from Kent College of Law. She previously worked for Illinois Department of Transportation and The Chicago Park District. Emanuel said she also had an integral role in the 2010 Census and served as the president of her condo association.

Emanuel appointed a panel to evaluate candidates who met the qualifications and applied for Jackson’s vacated seat. More than 65 residents applied for the job, 48 met the qualifications for the position and received phone interviews, and 25 of the residents were selected for in-person interviews by the committee. After the committee’s evaluations, Emanuel then selected Holmes.

Meanwhile, federal investigators have started examining the finances of former alderman Jackson.

Authorities are questioning the legitimacy of the monthly consultant fees she received from the congressional campaign of her husband Jesse Jackson Jr.

6 comments

  • J. Wallington-Jones

    Congratulation on your new appointment; my husband and I are looking forward to working with you in the future.

    Please let me know if I can be of some assistance. Background in Public Finance – Retired.

  • Mike Payne

    I WONDER if Alderman Holmes will look into creating HUNDREDS of Permanent New Jobs in the 7th Ward, by tremendously improving Public Transit on a Transit Facility that ALREADY EXISTS in her Ward.

    Utilizing the Metra Electric South Chicago Branch in 71st St. and Exchange Ave. as a new CTA 'L' Service — the CTA Gray Line: http://bit.ly/GrayLineInfo

    BUT she would have to persuade CTA and Metra to work together on that ! !
    Reply Fave 11 Feb 1:43 PM

  • Marie Morgan

    The 7th ward needs lots of work, it's ridden with crime, drug addicts and liquor stores. I hope she will actually work to improve the neighborhood, in any case we shall see!

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