• Gathering Volunteers, Petitions And Momentum

    Maureen Sullivan and more than fifty friends kick off her campaign for Alderman

    The popular progressive challenger receives a sharp expansion of support, gathers volunteers

    After kicking off her bid for 11th Ward Alderman one week ago, Maureen Sullivan‘s campaign is already reaching thousands of voters.

    Gathering dozens of cheering supporters in front of the ailing Ramova Theater last Monday, Sullivan started things off by calling for a major change in the local political leadership, unveiling her campaign platform and promising to  bring accountability to the Alderman’s office.

    The message is very well-received.  Online engagements are off the charts for the campaign, says campaign Communications and Policy Director Rob Warmowski.

    “We’ve reached nearly ten thousand people in only the first week,” said Warmowski.  “Social media, web and community channels are buzzing about her candidacy, and the conversation is in her favor.  People in the 11th Ward are already excited about her thanks to her many years of community service, and people who are just learning about her are impressed by her record and platform. She’s inspiring volunteers to stand up and ask to help.”

     Gathering Volunteers On The Eve Of Petition Circulation

    Snagging over 600 likes on Facebook right out of the gate is great, but the campaign runs on real-world support — and that means showing up and helping out.

    The campaign’s volunteer force will be hitting the streets starting this week to gather signatures for Sullivan’s position on the February 24th election ballot. Readers wishing to join up and help Sullivan get on the ballot can sign up at the campaign volunteer page.

    How many volunteers does the Sullivan campaign have currently?

    “Dozens and growing every day” says Warmowski. “But there’s always room for more.”

     

  • 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.

  • Maureen Sullivan Declares Candidacy For 11th Ward Alderman

    Longtime community activist, author, and businesswoman Maureen F. Sullivan will today announce her candidacy for Alderman of Chicago’s 11th Ward.  The declaration will take place at 6PM, Monday August 18th in a special location: the front of the embattled Ramova Theater near the corner of 35th and Halsted.

    The campaign theme is “Fight For A New 11th Ward”.

    Since 2005, Sullivan, a near-lifelong resident of the Bridgeport neighborhood, has been a firebrand standing up to challenge the political status quo in the very neighborhood that is the home of the Daley “machine”.

    “I have never been associated with the machine nor with politics as usual in Chicago,” said Sullivan. “My father was a gas man for 48 years. Nobody in my family benefited from political clout or favors.”

    Sullivan, an activist,  author and small businesswoman with an art degree, represents a new wave of Chicago progressive challenges to the policies enacted by the City Council that favor school closings, privatization, TIF abuse, and sneaking legislation past residents.

    “We’ve seen it all. Their record speaks for itself. The neglect by the leadership of the past seventeen years has led to blight, to poverty, heightened crime and a tremendous waste of some of the city’s best-located neighborhoods.  We have had enough.  It’s time for a change.” she said.

    The announcement coincides with the launch of Sullivan’s campaign website at http://sullivan11thward.com .

    In 2005, Sullivan and her chief policy and communications consultant Rob Warmowski founded the nonprofit Save The Ramova, agitating the city owner of the theater to act to restore it, successfully preventing its demolition and winning $330,000 in funding to hold the line on damage to the structure.

    “When I got the theater petitions around in 2005, back at the beginning, the overwhelming question from the people in this community was ‘why don’t the powers that be do something?’, said Sullivan.

    “Almost ten years later, with the same do-nothing Alderman in the chair, that question applies more than ever to the whole 11th Ward,” she said.  “Why don’t they do something about the garbage and empty storefronts on Halsted?  Why don’t they do something to protect parents and kids from school closings?  Why don’t they stop pretending there’s no money when there’s always millions of tax dollars for sports stadiums, crooked charter schools and privatization?”

    Sullivan’s first elected position in 2010 was as President and founder of the Palmisano Park Advisory Council.  Her most recent elected position was to School Council at McClellan Elementary on Wallace and 35th.

    “If you want a job done, you had better be ready to roll up your sleeves and get to work. That’s why I’m running.”

     

    (Photo: YoChicago)

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