CHICAGO (CBS/WBBM) – This week’s elections will usher in a new look for the Chicago City Council, even if all the incumbents on the ballot win.
As WBBM Newsradio 780 Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports, there is already a new face heading for the aldermanic election in May. Political newcomer Ameya Pawar will be the first Indian-American alderman on the City Council, after winning in the first round of elections in February.
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Pawar replaces Ald. Eugene Schulter (47th), who decided not to run for reelection. He defeated Tom O’Donnell, Schulter’s endorsed candidate.
The 47th Ward includes the Lincoln Square and Northcenter neighborhoods, and some parts of the Lakeview neighborhood.
Also new to the City Council will be Harry Osterman, now a state representative, who will replace the retiring Ald. Mary Ann Smith in the Edgewater neighborhood’s 48th Ward; and Marty Quinn, who ran unopposed to replace Frank Olivo in the Southwest Side’s 13th Ward. That ward includes parts of the Clearing and Westlawn neighborhoods.
In the 4th Ward, Will Burns takes the place of Interim Ald. Shirley Newsome, who decided not to run for a full term. Longtime Ald. Toni Preckwinkle was elected Cook County Board president last year.
The ward includes parts of the Hyde Park, Kenwood and Oakland neighborhoods.
In the Northwest Side’s 41st Ward, the seat now held by Brian Doherty is up for grabs. His aide, Maurita Gavin, is vying against caterer and Democratic committeeman Mary O’Connor.
The ward includes the Edgebrook, Norwood Park, Oriole Park, Union Ridge, Big Oaks and O’Hare neighborhoods, parts of the Jefferson Park neighborhood, and O’Hare International Airport.
Chicago Police Lt. John Garrido and graphic design company owner John Arena are fighting for the seat being vacated by Ald. Patrick Levar (45th). That ward, also on the Northwest Side, includes parts of the Jefferson Park, Portage Park and Old Irving Park neighborhoods.
If both Gavin and Garrido win, the Republican contingent in the City Council will be doubled.
Michele Smith and Tim Egan are vying to replace Vi Daley for the 43rd Ward in the Lincoln Park neighborhood, and Molly Phelan and James Cappelman are fighting to replace the retiring Helen Shiller in the Uptown neighborhood’s 46th Ward.