Petition Challenges There were no challenges to petitions for either the alderman or Andrew Rowlas. Objections are pending for the other two potential candidaes, Majid Mustafa and Zehra Quadri.
Both were challenged by a Silverstein proxy, Mark Tannbebaum, who is represented by Silverstein’s elections attorney. No hearing dates are set yet for Tannbebaum’s objections.
Mustafa petition circulator Abdul Rehman Shaikh is also objecting to Quadri’s petitions, and Armando Ramos is objecting to Mustafa’s petitions. (As noted here before, Ramos is my nephew.) Preliminary hearings are set in these two challenges for this Thursday.
Tweet, Tweet The alderman has sent two campaign tweets. The first shows a medical office and darkened storefronts at a deserted intersection with one sad and lonely lamp post draped in Devon Avenue’s sorry holiday lights. Does this say happy holidays to you?
Her second tweet announces that she and the Commissioner of Consumer Affairs took a tour of Devon Avenue. Naturally there’s a photograph. Naturally it prominently features the alderman. Naturally she praises our “unique” shopping, then takes a photo inside Tel Aviv Bakery, not the first place I think of for holiday shopping.
Campaign Fundraisers Andrew Rowlas and Zehra Quadri have both held successful fundraisers in the past week. Nobody has raised anywhere near as much money as the alderman–she has over $190,000– but they have ideas and plans. The only question is whether the community can get past the barrage of glitzy mailers from Silverstein and focus on the issues the mailers are designed to hide.
Debates I hear that two debates are being organized, one by the Jewish Community Council of West Rogers Park (JCC-WRP) and one by the West Ridge Community Organization (WRCO). No dates have been announced.
The West Ridge Chamber of Commerce usually also sponsors a debate, but in 2015 it was a luncheon event with a ticket price of $40 per person and wasn’t widely advertised outside the business community.
Personally, I think there should be as many debates as possible. Both the ward and the City are facing serious issues that require serious discussion. We have a right as citizens to hear about their ideas and plans directly from the people who would lead us.
In 2015, the alderman refused to take part in any debates on the grounds that write-in candidates would be present. Many in the neighborhood were outraged by her arrogance but no amount of voter fury could force her to attend. This year it has to be made clear to her that no such high-handedness will be tolerated. She must attend all debates and defend her record–if she can.
I’ll keep you posted on futher developments. Don’t wory. There are just two more months until election day.