Meet the candidates: City Council, 17th Ward

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Glenda Franklin


Glenda Franklin is the founder and executive director of W.A.T.C.H. (What About The Children Here), a nonprofit aimed to turn youth into productive citizens throughout the Englewood and Auburn Gresham communities. Franklin has also served as a staff assistant to the alderman of the 17th Ward. She served as Secretary of the 17th Ward Democratic Organization, where she was at the forefront of many community events.


David Moore


David Moore has lived in Chicago’s 17th Ward for 37 years. He grew up in the Robert Taylor Homes, a public housing project located in the Bronzeville neighborhood on the South Side. Moore attended Simeon Vocational High School and later graduated Western Illinois University with a dual major in accounting and operations management. In his campaign he is posuing to boost up “traditionally neglected areas in the 17th Ward” by helping job growth, cleaning foreclosed homes and street improvements


James E. Dukes


James Dukes is a community leader and pastor who has lived in Chicago’s 17th Ward for almost 10 years. Dukes is also the national director of social justice impact in United Covenant Churches of Christ.


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