12 applicants eligible to replace Mell as 33rd Ward Alderman

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The Chicago Mayor’s Office has released the names of the people being considered to replace Ald. Richard Mell in the 33rd Ward.

Mell retires on July 24.

Fourteen people applied, and following a vetting process, 12 people were deemed eligible for the position: Robert F. Elrick, Elizabeth Lynn Gomez, Gretchen Carol Helmreich, Jonathan Andrew Markel, Maellen Elizabeth Pittman-Fernandez, Grace Troccolo Rink, Edmund Joseph Sieracki, Matthew Boyd Terry, Andrew Amador Tinajero, Annisa Michele Wanat, Sergiusz Piotr Zgrzebski and Illinois State Rep. Deb Mell.

Illinois State Rep. Deb Mell wants to take her father’s place as Chicago’s 33rd Ward Alderman. She says she’s qualified because her district includes some of the ward.

A search committee will remove unqualified applicants before selecting a group of finalists.

The mayor will then pick the new alderman from that group.

The Chicago Tribune contributed to this report.

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