Meet the candidates: City Council, 43rd Ward

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Caroline Vickrey


Caroline Vickrey is a native Chicagoan who has worked as a lawyer in private practice and the Attorney General’s office. She received a degree in history from the University of Illinois and her law degree from Loyola University Chicago. She has lived in and served Lincoln Park for more than 20 years. If elected alderman, Vickrey has her sights set on improving the present status of schools and the local economy while focusing on building for the future.


Jen Kramer


Jen Kramer grew up in the northwest suburb of Wauconda, but has lived in the 43rd Ward her entire adult life. She is currently the director of entertainment and special events at Navy Pier Inc. and is part of the massive re-design project going on at Navy Pier. In the past she has worked at Disney, coordinated events for the Mayor’s Office, and served as president of Special Olympics Chicago. If elected alderman, Kramer wants to promote economic growth, public safety and constituent services.


Michele Smith


Michele Smith has been the alderman of the 43rd Ward since May 2011. Prior to being elected, she was a federal prosecutor in the United States Attorney’s Office, where she prosecuted more than 400 cases. As alderman, Smith has made numerous public school improvements in Lincoln Park and emphasized public safety.


Jerry Quandt


Jerry Quandt is an international marketing consultant that founded UNWIND, a marketing consulting agency that helps companies develop new approaches to serving consumers in a shifting marketplace. Quandt graduated from DePaul University and moved back to Chicago with his family in 2011. If elected alderman, Quandt wants to preserve the community’s history while investing in public education.


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