Michael Scott, Jr.
Chicago, 24th Ward Alderman (2015-)
Chicago, 24th Ward Democratic Committeeman (2015-)
After 12 years as a Chicago Park District area manager, lifelong Chicagoan Michael Scott, Jr., harnessed the name recognition of his well-known west side political operative father, Michael W. Scott, to win retiring Alderman Michael Chandler’s 24th Ward seat. Scott had name recognition and help from several sitting Council members in his bid for the open seat; however, with so many candidates on the February 24th ballot, he was forced into a runoff against businesswoman Vetress Boyce, which he then handedly won with 67% of the vote. A large crowd of sitting aldermen helped Scott with the win, including Chandler, Jason Ervin (28), Carrie Austin (34), Walter Burnett (27), and retired alderman Ed Smith (28). Scott’s declared legislative priorities are cleaning up the ward and fostering better relationships between residents and police.
Scott Jr. grew up as a familiar face to City Hall politicos, as his father, the late Scott Sr., rose through former Mayor Richard M. Daley’s organization: first as Cable Commissioner in 1989, later as President of the Park District Board, and finally as President of the Chicago Board of Education.
He is generally quiet in Council meetings, although he has been the source of interesting solutions, such as when in 2017 he brought the RiotFest music festival to Douglas Park in his ward, after the festival had worn out its welcome in the 26th Ward's Humboldt Park. The move has been successful, bringing some tourist dollars to an area that is usually ignored by non-African American Chicagoans.
Current Chicago City Council Committees:
- Committee on Budget and Government Operations
- Committee on Committees, Rules and Ethics
- Committee on Economic, Capital and Technology Development
- Committee on Education and Child Development
- Committee on Housing and Real Estate
- Committee on License and Consumer Protection
- Committee on Special Events, Cultural Affairs and Recreation