Meet the candidates: City Council, 24th Ward

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Frank M. Bass

Website: http://www.24thward.com

Frank Bass owns a small business based in the 24th Ward, as well as a political consulting and government affairs firm. He has more than 20 years of campaign and public policy experience at the local, county, state and federal levels. Bass will focus on small business development, career training programs and affordable housing. He also wants to clean up the trash-littered parts of the community and build community centers.

 

Regina D. Lewis

Website: none

Regina Lewis is CEO of an organization that advocates for and houses disadvantaged citizens on the West Side. She says she would fight unemployment by encouraging businesses to hire and train ex-offenders. Lewis says she would utilize her office as a resource for citizens looking for career opportunities, and would aim to restore pride in the community through new programs.

 

Wallace “Mickey” Johnson

Website: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Friends-for-Wallace-E-Mickey-Johnson/130179603697357

Wallace “Mickey” Johnson is a businessman and former Chicago Bulls player running for alderman of the 24th Ward.

 

Sherita Ann Harris

Website: http://www.friendsofsheritaannharris.org

Sherita Ann Harris has worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 26 years. She is not a politician, but a lifelong resident of the 24th Ward who wants to serve the community with integrity by improving public services, providing safety programs and generating growth.


Roger L. Washington

Website: http://www.rogerlwashington.com/index.html

Roger Washington is a Chicago Police officer, educator and ordained pastor. He wants to see TIF dollars used to fix infrastructure, support economic development and improve safety in the least developed neighborhoods. In terms of public education, he believes in an elected school board, a longer day and a longer year. Washington also supports a $15 per hour minimum wage.


Vetress Boyce

Website: https://www.facebook.com/CandidateVetressBoyce

Vetress Boyce is president and CEO of The Boyce Group, a general contractor. To improve the community, she would work to stabilize housing, reduce crime, reduce unemployment, improve the school system and clean up the environment. She wants to see TIF dollars used to fund public education. She supports raising the city’s minimum wage to $13 per hour.

 

LaDarius Curtis  

Website: http://www.24deserves.com/home.html

LaDarius Curtis was born and raised on the West Side. He has worked in politics for more than a decade. His top priority as alderman would be revitalizing the community by increasing job training and opportunities. Curtis wants to see better activities for the youth, educational improvements, sustainable housing and economic development. He attended Kenyon College and later earned a master’s degree in business.

 

Darren Tillis

Website: none

Darren Tillis is an independent insurance agent whose highest priorities as alderman would be education and economic development. He wants to create a vibrant small business community. Tillis says he would improve public safety through job creation and quality programming that develops youth. He earned a finance degree at Illinois State University.

 

Larry G. Nelson

Website: none

No further information provided.

 

Michael Scott Jr.

Website: http://citizensformichaelscottjr.com

Michael Scott Jr. has worked for the Chicago Park District for more than a decade. He currently manages 35 staffed and unstaffed park facilities in the city’s central region. Scott recently secured a grant for $100,000 to kick-start a series of music concerts to be held in area parks on the West Side of Chicago. If elected, Scott would focus on quality affordable housing, economic development, education and quality of life. He is involved in various community organizations, including the North Lawndale Player Sports League, the Ravinia Lawndale Music Conservatory, the Grass Roots Foundation and the Westside Center for Arts & Technology (WCAT).

 

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