I’m a 35-year old data scientist, musician, and community volunteer. I have a PhD in statistics from UIC. I live in Pilsen and work in the Loop. I’m a member of the coordinating committee of Pilsen Environmental Rights and Reform Organization (P.E.R.R.O.) and was elected to a second 2-year term as secretary and community representative on the Pilsen Community Academy Local School Council (2014-2018). I’ve lived in the UIC/Pilsen area for 14 years. I grew up in the suburbs, but am now the fourth generation of the Hernandez family that has called this place home.
While I’ve always been interested in politics, my interest grew when the economy collapsed and we elected a mixed-race Chicagoan as President. Since then I’ve studied politics and economics as a hobby and compliment to my research in statistics, game theory, and computer science. In 2014 I unsuccessfully tried to get on the ballot for the 2015 aldermanic race in the 25th ward in Chicago.
Based on the incentives that politicians currently face there is no issue that you care about, whether that’s schools or roads or parks or pensions, that is going to get fixed and stay fixed until we fix our political system. Fixing our political system requires changing the incentives for politicians. That means public financing of our elections and putting an end to the gerrymandering of our ward/district boundaries.