Meet the candidates: City Council, 44th Ward

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Mark Thomas


Mark Thomas has spent nearly 30 years living at the corner of Belmont and Clark. He is the owner of The Alley stores, The Art Colony and The Music Factory. He is one of the founders and past president of Central Lakeview Merchants Association and board member of Local First Chicago. If elected alderman, Thomas aims to improve public safety, encourage small business growth in Lakeview, and create an inclusive community for the future.


Tom Tunney

Tom Tunney was elected as the alderman of the 44th Ward in 2003 and became Chicago’s first openly gay alderman. Tunney was born and raised in Chicago, and in addition to being alderman, he is the owner of the Ann Sather Restaurants. As alderman, Tunney has worked on alleviating congestion in the ward, limiting property taxes for seniors and long-term residents and improving education so that young families remain in Lakeview.


Scott Davis

Scott Davis currently works as a project manager for an Internet start-up and a community activist living in the Wrigleyville neighborhood. Davis helped to organize local organizations and campaigns in order to audit government spending and ban red light cameras. If elected alderman, he wants to abolish red light cameras, invest in schools and safety, and save Wrigley Field.


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