Four years ago I ran for alderman. My signatures were challenged. The process of getting on the ballot was so ridiculous that it joined gerrymandering and campaign finance reform as part of my proposed reforms to Chicago politics. Due to some bad advice about petition formatting I had to withdraw. But it was a good… Continue reading On Candidate Sigcho’s Petition Challenge
Today I'm suspending my campaign for Democratic Committeeman of the 25th Ward. It appears that, due to my current pace of signature collection and the incoming snow storm during this important signature collecting weekend, I will be unable to collect the required number of signatures. You miss 100% of the shots you never take. - Michael… Continue reading Campaign Suspended
The "Democrats" run this town. Property taxes were just hiked and we're still in financial ruin. We've had a record number of elected officials go to jail and the toothless inspector general of the city council just had his files taken by the FBI. So you'd expect people to be breaking out the pitchforks. But… Continue reading Seriously, I Need Your Help
I'm collecting signatures to get myself on the ballot for Democratic Committeeman in Chicago's 25th Ward. I need your help. First, I'll explain what the committeeman is and does. Then I'll explain why I need your help. Finally, I'll tell you why I'm running. Ward Committeeman I'll let Hal Dardick at the Tribune explain the position:… Continue reading Troy Hernandez for Democratic Ward Committeeman
Last Friday at the 25th ward aldermanic forum at UIC I was verbally assaulted, but it wasn't by the predictably empty rhetoric from some of the candidates. Immediately following the conclusion of the event I was speaking with a reporter from South Side Weekly when the executive director of Pilsen Alliance and the de facto Byron Sigcho campaign manager came over… Continue reading Verbal Assault at the 25th Ward Aldermanic Forum
On Monday I submitted the paperwork to withdraw my candidacy for the 25th ward aldermanic race. The statistics suggest that I had more than enough signatures to get on the ballot. The reality was that proving this fact was going to be logistically impossible. I've been denied my place on the ballot and 500 registered… Continue reading I’ve withdrawn from the aldermanic race
Nothing will make one more aware of campaign financing than running for office. The incumbent alderman is flush with cash as the chair of the zoning board and facilitator of polluting industry. A community organization appears to be running a PR campaign for a competing polluting industry in the neighborhood for campaign resources for their candidate, there are two is a union candidate, a banker, and the socialist party/parties are making… Continue reading The Second City of Campaign Finance Reform
Last week Danny Solis proposed and passed an ordinance to change the zoning of a block in the West Loop "from a downtown mixed use to a downtown service zoning". This will prevent Carmichael's Restaurant and the adjacent courtyard from being turned into "a luxary apartment complex." This is a win for the residents of the neighborhood! Note: Election season… Continue reading Alderman Solis Slays the Paper Tiger!