Dick Simpson endorses Pawar in the April runoff for city treasurer


CHICAGO (March 6, 2019)--University of Illinois at Chicago political science professor and former 44th Ward alderman Dick Simpson announced his support for city treasurer candidate Ameya Pawar. As a well-respected advocate of good government and ethics reform, Simpson vouches for Pawar’s track record as a reformer and commitment to create a more accountable city government.

“The stage is set in the upcoming April runoff election: change versus more of the same,” said Simpson. “The leadership displayed and results achieved on issues of reform by Pawar in the City Council have been outstanding. As alderman, he gave teeth to the Office of Inspector General, passed meaningful ethics reform, and was the only one to call out Ed Burke for enriching himself and Donald Trump at the expense of taxpayers. Pawar will be a change agent with the political will necessary to take on the institutional barriers that tie our city to the past and hinder our ability to execute on progressive policies.”

“If we want government to serve the people, we have to ensure the system upon which government rests is setup to serve the people,” said Pawar. “That’s why I’ve fought for progressive values in the City Council and prioritize needed reforms around ethics and transparency.”

“Dick has fought for a more democratic city government not just as an elected official on City Council’s reform caucus, but also as an advisor to some of our city’s great reformers like Mayor Harold Washington and County Clerk David Orr; as a principal researcher on important studies that have led to reforms in Cook County; and as an activist calling attention to systemic injustices. It’s an honor to partner with Dick as we fight to untie our city from its machine past, reform our city’s relationship with the big banks, and take progressive action to launch a public bank.

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.