Jason Honig Running for Alderman

Jason Honig has announced his candidacy for 50th Ward alderman. Honig is a former teacher, counselor, and school principal who was once executive director of the Lawndale Learning Center. He currently works for an investment firm that specializes in ethical investment and money management.

 

Jason’s campaign slogan is “Alderman for the Common Good.” No discussion of the 50th Ward is complete without praise for diversity, no matter how ill-defined or undefined it may be. But Jason pledges to work across ethnic and religious divides to form a community of neighbors working together for the benefit of all residents. This is a concept that eludes the current alderman.

Like Andrew Rowlas, who already announced his candidacy, Jason believes that the alderman should be transparent about community business and active in the community. He supports participatory budgeting, a zoning committee to advise the alderman on zoning and land use, and empowering citizens to work with him on economic and residential development.

 

Honig would initiate ward days and celebrations of our diverse cultures. Personally, I’d like to see an end to ethnic-specific parades and celebrations. I think the best way to celebrate our community would be to hold an annual Fourth of July parade, celebrating the contributions made by each ethnic group to the American mosaic. I think we should celebrate the one thing that unites us– the fact that we are Americans or want to be.

 

Jason would provide translators at public meetings. The fact that he’s willing to meet with his constituents is a novelty in the 50th Ward. We’ve spent eight years with an  alderman who avoids her constituents and refuses to discuss public business lest we offer our own opinions, which she’s made clear she doesn’t want to hear. Whether it’s Rowlas or Honig who replaces her, it will be wonderful to have an alderman who  actually informs the community about public business and tells us how he voted on the issues of the day.

 

Jason would also promote “equity and diversity” in the ward office. He and Rowlas are in agreement on this issue as well. It never ceases to amaze me that the current alderman’s office is open only four and a half days per week. It closes promptly at 2 p.m. every Friday in observance of the Sabbath. But candle-lighting time, especially during the summer, is often not until 8 p.m. or later. Even if the alderman has to leave, isn’t there a Christian or Muslim or Hindu or atheist staff member who could keep the office open on Friday afternoon? Isn’t that one way for the alderman to practice the diversity she preaches? Would some creative juggling of staff schedules also permit the office to open at least a half-day on Saturday?

 

Honig supports term limits for the Mayor and the City Council and full funding for education. You can read his full platform on his Web site.

 

Nominating petitions for all the candidates will begin circulating on August 28. We won’t know who the final candidates are until December. The current alderman will try to eliminate as many of her potential opponents  as possible through petition challenges. If you really want to participate in the pre-election process, you might consider volunteering to review nominating petitions for irregularities. Maybe you’d like to host a meet-and-greet visit by one of the candidates in your home or at a public venue. There are lots of things you can do to support your candidate.

Contact the current challengers:

https://honigfor50th.com

https://rowlasforward50.com

 

 

 

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4 thoughts on “Jason Honig Running for Alderman

  1. Very encouraging, Follies. I like the specific plans he has for public meetings, public input and a broad involvement in our 50th Ward. I am glad to see he supports participatory budgeting and has plans to involve the community in business and real estate development. I’m looking forward to hearing more from Jason Honig and Andrew Rowlas. And Ald. Silverstein, too, if she decides to engage residents of the 50th Ward.

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    • Dan,

      We now have two actively involved and committed candidates. I expect Silverstein to try to get both of them kicked off the ballot by challenging their nominating petitions. She’ll do it by proxy, and both candidates have to be prepared to defend their petitions. I think that, like last time, she will only appear in a controlled environment like the debate sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce, open only to the business community. I think it’s critical that the neighborhood demand to hear from her in open debate with the other candidates.

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  2. I intend to vote for one of the above mentioned candidates. But in all fsirness, candlelighting for the Sabbath is not at a specific time. It is 18 minutes before sunset. Also, Jewish people are supposed to have their cooking and cleaning done before the Sabbath, something that is hard to accomplish if you work right up until candlelighting.

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    • Thank you for your thoughtful response. For an elected official, closing the office for regular religious observance is more than a personal decision. Especially in a diverse community with residents of at least four major faiths, there should be somebody to keep the office open.

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