First of all, I would like to thank each of you for the support you have shown me over the years. Some of you are family, friends and neighbors. Some of you have been nonprofit clients. Others of you are former employers. Some of you are loyal readers of "In the Loop" and follow the "Staying in the Loop" blog. Others of you have been allies (or even adversaries--) working on a number of issues and projects, including North Lawndale Votes; TIF reform; the impact of Renaissance 2010 and school closings; equity (or lack therof) in community development; the Olympics; the need for greater equity in the implementation of the Neighborhood Stabilization Program; capacity building for nonprofits; the need for equitable access to healthcare for all people; the creation of community wide strategies for youth programming; the need to structure the State Capital Budget to address the needs of "the least of these"; advocacy for community based alternatives for ex offenders, etc. Regardless of how I know you, I appreciate you.
After careful thought, prayers and consideration, I have decided to follow that "Still Small Voice" and enter the race for the Alderman of the 24th Ward.