38th Ward Dems, State Rep. Robert Martwick back Pawar for City Treasurer
CHICAGO (January 21, 2019)--38th Ward Committeeman and Illinois State Rep. Robert Martwick (D-Chicago), as well as the 38th Ward Democratic Organization announced their support for progressive candidate for city treasurer Ameya Pawar on Monday.
“I am proud to activate the full field strength of the 38th Ward Democrats behind Ameya Pawar, because he represents the kind of progressive leadership our communities need in the treasurer’s office,” said Martwick. “His plan to create a public bank through the treasurer’s office is a bold idea that could help combat income inequality and produce real benefit for regular Chicagoans.”
“I am grateful to the 38th Ward Democrats for putting your firm support behind me in this close race, and I am proud to be endorsed by my North Side neighbors,” said Pawar. “I am also honored to be endorsed by Rep. Martwick, who is an ally to the progressive movement, and I am inspired by his work championing an elected school board and a fair, progressive state income tax that asks the very wealthy and big corporations to pay their fair share.”
About Ameya Pawar
Ald. Ameya Pawar was first elected alderman in 2011 and was reelected in 2015. He is the first Indian-American and Asian American elected to the Chicago City Council. As alderman, Pawar has focused his legislative efforts around social justice, worker rights, and economic justice, and has led on 12 major pieces of legislation, including tax increment financing reform as well as legislation guaranteeing earned sick time, combatting wage theft, and protecting and preserving affordable housing for Chicago's most vulnerable.
In his ward, Pawar launched GROW47, the City's first comprehensive initiative to link neighborhood schools to their neighborhood high schools. GROW47 is now GROWCommunity, a stand alone non-profit working with schools across the North Side.
In 2014, Pawar authored a textbook on the connections between disaster, poverty and a socially constructed narrative around deserving and undeserving populations.
Pawar has a bachelor's degree in religion and philosophy from Missouri Valley College, a master's degree in public administration from the Illinois Institute of Technology and is a two-time graduate from the University of Chicago with master's degrees in threat and response management and social service administration. Pawar is a US State Department Critical Language Program alum, a 2012 University of Illinois Edgar Fellow, and was named one of Crain's Chicago Business Chicago 40 under 40 in 2011. Most recently, he was named a 2018 McCormick Foundation Executive Fellow. He is currently a Fall 2018 Pritzker Fellow at the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics. Pawar is also the Executive Director of One Illinois, a new non-profit news outlet focused on bridging the divides across race, class and geography in Illinois.
Pawar lives in Chicago’s Lincoln Square neighborhood with his wife, Charna, and their daughter Sigalit and pitbull Baby.