Chicago, 47th Ward Alderman (2011-)
Ameya Pawar, rocketed to a surprise victory in 2011 by defeating former 47th Ward Ald. Eugene Schulter's candidate, Tom O’Donnell through an old fashioned shoe leather effort. Since then, the former Northwestern University employee, who counts Mayor Rahm Emanuel as one of his constituents, has stuck to a steady course of lots of neighborhood meetings and a laser focus on improving neighborhood public schools. He is the first Asian-American elected to City Council.
While Pawar has made some good government noise now and then, he has seldom publicly opposed the Mayor on big issues and instead chooses to work behind the scenes of City Council.
In 2017, Pawar announced his candidacy for the Democratic governor primary. While not a leading candidate, Pawar has energized some of the "Bernie Left", attracting supporters of former Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. While Pawar's campaign has had trouble catching fire statewide, it has helped to boost his name ID and campaign account, which could be useful if Pawar decided to run for mayor in 2019.
Pawar, who during his first campaign pledged to only serve two terms, has also declined to seek the Ward Democratic Committeeman seat.
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 Housing and Real Estate
- Committee on Public Safety
- Committee on Special Events, Cultural Affairs and Recreation
- Committee on Zoning, Landmarks and Building Standards, Vice Chair
- Council Office of Financial Analysis Oversight Committee