Saturday, February 4, 2012

Progress IL: Remap Complicates Ward Committeeman Races

Several Democratic ward committeeman races are featured in this article. One of those races are in the 6th Ward. They also look at the 36th Ward which was even more drastically altered as a result of the ward remap that concluded last month:
Other ward committeeman races have also been complicated by the remap, including the 6th Ward contest between Ald. Roderick Sawyer and Richard Wooten, a former police officer, who is also running for state representative.

The South Side's 6th Ward moved north in the new map, cutting out communities like West Chesterfield, Burnside and parts of Chatham. Sawyer was the only member of the Black Caucus to vote against the remap.

The alderman says that he is not looking at a legal challenge. But Sawyer is also clear that he will represent voters in the current, not future, 6th Ward boundaries. “I serve the people who elected me,” Sawyer says.

Wooten organized community meetings against the remap, criticizing it for cutting out the 87th Street business district and communities below 87th Street. A call to Wooten this afternoon was not returned.
This morning I attended the West Chesterfield hearing and was attended by Ald. Sawyer, Richard Wooten, and Sandra Wortham (who is running against Wooten for state representative of 34th District). Also in attendance was 9th Ward Ald. Anthony Beale who had already been invited to future West Chesterfield meetings. In the near future you will see my review.

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