Congressman Mike Quigley, other local elected leaders endorse Ameya Pawar for city treasurer
State Reps Andrade, Harris, Williams, Senator Steans lend support
CHICAGO (December 18, 2018)--Congressman Mike Quigley (IL-05) and local elected leaders announced their support for progressive candidate for city treasurer Ameya Pawar on Monday.
“With our values under attack by divisive politicians, now more than ever we need elected officials who will lead on tackling income inequality and drive investments into our neighborhoods,” said Quigley. “That’s why I’m proud to endorse Ameya Pawar for treasurer. I trust Ameya to work tirelessly to secure Chicago’s financial future through bold, principled leadership.”
Congresswoman Mike Quigley is the Democratic representative the 5th District of Illinois which covers most of the north Chicagoland area.
Pawar was also endorsed by State Rep. Jaime Andrade, State Rep. Greg Harris, State Rep. Ann Williams and State Sen. Heather Steans.
“I am grateful to be endorsed by Congressman Quigley, State Representatives Williams, Andrade and Harris, and State Sen. Steans,” said Pawar. “Our future depends on taking concrete steps towards reforming an unbalanced political system, and I’ll need these principled leaders working alongside me as we enact a bold progressive agenda to harness the power of 2.7 million Chicagoans and invest in our neighborhoods and each other.”
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 single-room occupancy housing units 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.