Former Congressman Luis V. Gutierrez endorses Ameya Pawar for city treasurer

CHICAGO (January 9, 2019)--Former Congressman Luis V. Gutierrez announced his support for progressive candidate for city treasurer Ameya Pawar in a press conference at SEIU Local 1 on Wednesday: 

“Now more than ever, we need our local elected leaders to stand up and say NO to the Trump agenda, which has been devastating to working families, immigrants and women. Ameya Pawar has a proven track record of being just that sort of bold local leader,” said Gutierrez. “Ameya stood up to the now-indicted Ed Burke for representing Trump, and getting corrupt property tax breaks from Joe Berrios for the Trump Tower.” 

“I am honored to be endorsed by Luis Gutierrez, and I am proud to fight alongside him to build an equitable future,” said Pawar. “His work protecting immigrant families like my own, and advocating for the future of working families has been a labor of love that cements his place in history as a great public servant.” 

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.