As concisely as possible, state why you feel you should be endorsed over the other candidate(s). What goals for the office you seek are most important to you personally?

General
Gerald Scott McCarthy IVI-IPO 2017 Chicago City Council

I possess the background, skills and qualifications to perform the duties of the office and advocate for the residents of the 4th Ward. I will be the Alderman on the offensive, seeking to always bring the best resources and services to the community. I will reengage people with government, increase transparency, and form partnerships with the residents as we, together, seek solutions to build the best 4th Ward possible; not just for today but for years to come.

Marcellus H. Moore, Jr. IVI-IPO 2017 Chicago City Council

My collaborative approach is key to building the community and addressing the many issues in the community. I believe that of the candidates, I’m the one most likely to be able to corale the support of the community! I believe that approaching the critical issues of the ward (violent crime, schools/training and development) collaboratively is the only way to develop sustainable and lasting solutions. A plan is only as strong as the support it has to execute it. Once you have community feedback as well as community buy-in and support, you have a community that is invested in the successful execution of the plan. Speaking of specific goals…addressing the violent crime in the area. I appreciate the many other “wants” in the ward…strong schools/training opportunities, development & new business creation, but until people feel safe living, working and “playing” in the area, it will be hard to attract new residents and business. Addressing the issue requires a.) addressing the problem (collaborative policing and neighborhood involvement) and b.) addressing the cause (low/unemployment, lack of jobs, job training and educational opportunites, lack of youth programming).

I have worked in the community for the entire time I have lived here, I have a record of accomplishments that can stand up to most who have sought to represent this area. I am personally driven by a need to provide high quality education for all of our kids.