Meet the candidates: City Council, 38th Ward

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Jerry Paszek


Born and raised in Chicago, Jerry Paszek is a sergeant and 23-year veteran of Cook County Forest Preserve Police Department. Paszek graduated from UIC with degrees in criminal justice and political science before being sent for training to the Chicago Police Academy. He, along with his fellow sergeants, formed the Fraternal Order of Police Labor Council.  He serves as executive board president of this union, negotiating contracts on behalf of the member sergeants.


Tom Caravette


Born in 1967 in Chicago, Tom Caravette was raised in the 38th Ward and continues to live there. Caravette’s career began in real estate and the experience has taught him about what it takes to run a small business in Chicago. He previously ran for alderman in 2011 and lost. Caravette sees education as the main factor in stopping violent crime and increasing jobs and productivity.


Heather Sattler


After graduating from Georgetown University in 1997, Heather Sattler moved back to Chicago and started a non-profit organization empowering adolescent and teen girls. Since then, she earned a master’s degree from DePaul University and became CEO of the 100 Club of Chicago, an organization dedicated to helping the families of police and firefighters who die in the line of duty. Sattler aims to stop increasing property tax, keep the neighborhoods safe, and support neighborhood schools.


Nicholas Sposato


Nicholas Sposato was elected alderman of the 36th Ward in 2011. As alderman, Sposato’s goal was to give people a voice in the community and to promote public safety. Having worked for 18 years as a firefighter, Sposato is familiar with the importance of safety. If elected as alderman of the 38th Ward, he aims to attract business to his community while improving local schools.


Michael Duda

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For Michael Duda, the first change the 38th Ward needs is a new high school built in the neighborhood. Duda retired in 2012 after 15 years as a supervisor in the city of Chicago’s Water Department. He sees the new school as a way to boost property values and attract families with children. Duda also aims to improve the city services delivered to residents.


Carmen Hernandez

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Carmen Hernandez is an inspector with the city Water Department, and spent 16 months in Iraq as part of the Illinois National Guard. Hernandez finished fourth in the 2011 38th Ward Aldermanic election. If elected, Hernandez aims to address the shortage of police on the far Northwest Side and what he deems as the slow response from city officials to requests for service from residents.


Belinda Cadiz


Belinda Cadiz currently lives in Portage Park and is a legislative aide for the Chicago City Council. In that position she works directly with aldermen on issues that impact Chicago residents. If elected Cadiz says she will target crime, community development, and education as her main issues.

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