Congressman Jesús "Chuy" Garcia endorses Ameya Pawar for city treasurer

Garcia says Pawar has the vision and drive to make Chicago a better place

CHICAGO (February 10, 2019)--Congressman Jesús “Chuy” Garcia (IL-04) announced his support for progressive candidate for city treasurer Ameya Pawar on Sunday.

“Ameya Pawar has helped pass an increase to the minimum wage in Chicago, and worked to ensure paid sick leave for working families. He has been a leader in the fight for ethics reform in Chicago’s City Council. And he stood up to Ed Burke for getting Donald Trump massive property tax breaks,” said Garcia. “Ameya supports a public bank, which can lead to lower taxes, reduced student loan debt and increased investments in our neighborhoods. He is a young leader who has the vision and drive to make Chicago a better place to live. I enthusiastically endorse Ameya Pawar for Treasurer.”

“This upcoming election is a watershed moment for our city—we have the opportunity to work together and tackle income inequality in a meaningful way,” said Pawar. “Congressman Garcia has been leading his fight for decades and it is an honor to have his support. He can count on my steadfast partnership to organize our communities to launch a public bank and challenge big banks and corporate boardrooms.”

Polls show Pawar leading the three-way race. He has been endorsed by the Chicago Sun-Times editorial board, as well as SEIU Local 1, IUOE Local 150, Representatives Jesús “Chuy” Garcia, Mike Quigley and Jan Schakowsky, Father Michael Pfleger, Ald. Pat Dowell, Ald. David Moore, Ald. Tom Tunney, Ald. Harry Osterman, Cook County Democratic Committeeman Paul Rosenfeld, Cook County Commissioner Bridget Gainer, Cook County Board of Review Commissioner Michael Cabonargi, Cook County Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Commissioner Josina Morita, Former City Clerk Miguel del Valle, State Rep. Jaime Andrade, State Rep. Greg Harris, State Rep. Theresa Mah, State Rep. Ann Williams, State Sen. Heather Steans and State Sen. Ram Villivalam.

About Ameya Pawar

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.