• Sullivan Kicks Off Campaign In Front Of Ramova Theater

    Picture of DNAChicago story covering Maureen Sullivan's run for 11th Ward Alderman

    Casey Cora’s DNAChicago piece yesterday really did justice to our kickoff rally yesterday in front of the Ramova Theater.  Way to pick up on the symbolism, Casey!

     

    BRIDGEPORT — Maureen Sullivan, the homegrown activist, author, organizer and neighborhood historian, has announced her candidacy for 11th Ward alderman.

    At a campaign kickoff event outside the shuttered Ramova Theater on Monday, Sullivan came out swinging against sitting alderman James Balcer and the Daley clan — political heavyweights who she said have an icy grip on the city’s oldest neighborhood.

    Choosing the rundown theater as the backdrop couldn’t be more poignant. 

    The city-owned building is surrounded by boarded-up storefronts on an ailing stretch of Halsted Street, and it’s also located within eyeshot the 11th Ward offices and next to Cook County Commissioner John Daley’s private insurance business.

    On Monday, about 50 supporters gathered outside the theater to back Sullivan’s candidacy.

    Among them were Kieran Delaney, 40, a graphic designer who said he’s been frustrated with Balcer for about a dozen years.

    “When we ask the alderman for anything it feels like we’re imposing,” he said.

    Sullivan said she’s hoping to turn that pent-up frustration into votes. 

    “I know I can win. When I knock on doors in this neighborhood, this ward, people already know who I am. We went to the same schools, the same church … I love to talk directly to my neighbors. I’m not afraid to knock on doors. Knocking on doors and engaging neighbors is exactly what we’re missing in this ward. That’s how I plan to win this race,” she said.

    Read the entire article here.

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