Meet the Candidates: City Council, 7th Ward

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Joe Moseley

Joseph Moseley II is a retired Chicago Police officer. Moseley earned an undergraduate degree from Chicago State University, a master’s degree from St. Xavier’s University, and a certificate of completion from Northwestern School of Staff and Command. Moseley has lived in Chicago’s 7th Ward for more than 20 years. He says on his Facebook page that he will “work to keep crime from happening in the first place, removing guns from the hands of criminals.”

Greg Mitchell

Greg Mitchell has lived in Chicago’s 7th ward for more than 44 years. Greg attended Grambling State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting. Mitchell currently works as an IT manager in Chicago. He is focusing much of his campaign on education, and supports efforts toward improving opportunities for students, including improving teaching methodologies and learning conditions.

LaShonda “Shonnie” Curry

LaShonda Curry is an administrator for Chicago Public Schools. Curry grew up on the South Side of Chicago. She served as organizer and president of the Crandon Avenue Block Club Association. Curry earned degrees from Lewis University and National Louis University. Curry is pushing for “participatory government” in her campaign, as an effort to curb the disenfranchisement she believes the 7th Ward has undergone.

Keiana Barrett

Keiana Barrett is director of strategy for the Office of Family and Community Engagement at Chicago Public Schools. Barrett was raised in the South Shore community. She earned her bachelor’s degree in communications and English from Illinois State University, where as a freshman she was elected president of the Black Student Union. She then earned a master’s degree from Human Services from Spertus College.
Flora “Flo” Digby

Flora Digby was raised on the South Side of Chicago, and is the founder of DfC Financial Associates LLC. She has also been a business and entrepreneurship instructor at South Suburban and Westwood Colleges. Digby earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting from Roosevelt University and master’s degree from DeVry University Keller Graduate School of Management. She is focusing much of her campaign on economic development and job creation in the 7th Ward.

Natashia Holmes

Natashia Holmes is the incumbent alderman for Chicago’s 7th Ward. Holmes was appointed as the alderman of the 7th Ward by Mayor Rahm Emanuel to replace Sandi Jackson back in 2013. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Alabama State University’s College of Education, a master’s in community planning from Auburn University, and a Juris Doctor degree and certificate in environmental and energy law from Chicago-Kent College of Law.

Bernie Riley

Bernie Riley has been a resident in the 7th Ward for 28 years. She has worked in city government for 25 years. She was a computer analyst under Mayor Harold Washington.

Margie Reid

Margie Reid is a community organizer and outreach worker from the South Chicago neighborhoor. Reid also completed training in leadership and organizing development with the Chicago Police department. She studied home economics and fine arts at Indiana University, and later received an associates degree at the International Academy of Design and Technology. Reid is focusing her campaign on new businesses development, job creation, high quality city services and safer streets.

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