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Candidate for Chicago City Clerk

Note

  • This candidate has been removed from the ballot by the Chicago Board of Elections, but has filed for judicial review. Their name will still appear on the ballot until the court’s decision.

About the Candidate

Name: Patricia Horton
DOB: Feb. 25, 1956
Family: Proud mother of four daughters, one son and 19 grandchildren
Occupation: Former Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Commissioner served 6 year term elected 2006-2012.
Political Experience: Appointed by Gov. Quinn, as a current member to the Illinois State Diabetes Commission to serve & advocate for education, prevention, awareness & legislation related to eliminating the spread of this disease across our great state 2007 to present.

• Elected by you the voters as Metropolitan Water Reclamation Commissioner to protect Lake Michigan water, storm management, & waste water. Cleanup Committees served include: Chairperson Industrial Waste & Water Pollution, Public Health & Welfare, Information Technology, Vice Chairperson Affirmative Action & Legislation & Rules 2006 to 2012.

• Appointed to the Community Economic Development Association Board (CEDA) to advocate & assist seniors & families to leverage needed funding and resources through our Home Energy Assistance Programs (LIHEAP) to install heating & air conditioning units in homes, ComEd residential hardship bill payment assistance, Health & Nutrition summer food service for, women, infants, & children (WIC), & Housing Assistance with foreclosure prevention/ mediation, & Veterans transitional housing all geared toward stabilizing & creating healthy neighborhood revitalization in communities across Cook County 2007 to 2012.

• Served as Vice President, Madison & Western Chamber of Commerce (A stronger Community Today) created 100 jobs 2000 to 2007.

• Served as Executive Director, Westside Women’s Business Center, building capacity & educating 5000 potential entrepreneurs 2000 to 2007.

• Served as Business Development Director, Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce most notable (Gateway Project) Howard & Clark Street 1998 to 2001.

• Served as Enterprise Agent, Women’s Self Employment Project providing micro loans to women owned businesses receiving the Presidential Award from President Bill Clinton, presented by then First Lady Hillary Clinton, for reducing poverty 1996 to 1998.

• 46 year tennis athlete & youth mentor Maywood Tennis Association.

• North Park University BA in Arts & Organizational Management, proud parent of 5 children all attended college, 19 grandchildren, life long Chicago native & former resident of Roger’s Park, Wrigleyville, and currently residing in the Bronzeville community. A devoted Christian, youth violence mentor with Project H.O.O.D “Helping Others Obtain Destiny”. My passion to serve grew from my personal life changing experience of being victimized by gun violence and shot in the head as a youth in the Woodlawn community. I’m an avid animal lover and recent owner of a Labrador Retriever who brought love and joy to our family for 13 years then suddenly passed away and is truly missed today.
Website: Under reconstruction and design.

Candidate Statement

Hello I’m Patricia Horton, the most qualified candidate to be your next City Clerk of

Chicago and I ask for your vote on February 26th. Let’s make history again just as we did with President Obama. I’m a life long native Chicagoan, proud parent, and I know

Chicago very well having lived in Wrigleyville, Rogers Park, Uptown, West Ridge, West

Loop, Bronzeville and Woodlawn, where I was shot in the head as a child and left for dead. I attended DePaul and North Park universities receiving my bachelors degree in Organizational Management. I’m the only candidate ever elected to public office serving as Metropolitan Water Reclamation Commissioner saving you the tax payers

$51 million through reforms and completed the deep tunnel project to reduce flooding in Cook County. Our work isn’t done. Chicago deserves a city clerk free from the corruption bug, that serves all 77 neighborhoods with transparency. The city clerk’s office must be reformed making police involved shooting reports, lawsuits and committee hearing settlements public, and stop forcing families into bankruptcy from late fees, and fines, related to city stickers, and residential permit parking. My progressive relief agenda includes:

A one year moratorium on all late fees and fines and overhauling corruption

Establishing a community watchdog group to monitor police lawsuits and settlements

Expanding the current senior citizens city sticker discount to all vehicles, including military veterans

Restoring city sticker youth arts design program

Implementing a free city parking lot program in congested neighborhoods and

Implementing a free parking zone permit for healthcare workers, college students and contractors.

It’s time we shake up Chicago. Vote Feb. 26th for Patricia Horton.

Candidate Q&A

What is your vision for this office?

To create an office that fosters good government through transparency and trust that engages all seventy seven neighborhoods through a workforce that respect tax payers and are committed to rooting out patronage, corruption, and discriminative practices internal and external. Most importantly, eliminating huge financial burdens derived from egregious late fees, fines, permits, and boots that have oppressed targeted populations forcing families and individuals into bankruptcy over the last eight years by the former city clerk Mendoza, and continued by current city clerk Valencia, as directed by Mayor Emanuel. Vision Specifics include:

  • Placing a one year moratorium on all Late Fees and fines that forced many into bankruptcy.
  • Establishing a community watchdog committee to monitor all police involved shootings and settlements. As well, creating a neutral resident friendly office where police complaints can be filed without intimidation and fear from Chicago Police Officers as part of police reforms.
  • Establishing a Community Partnership registration program with local veterinarian care providers to include hospitals, daycares, adoption facilities and Pet stores.
  • Expanding the current senior citizens city sticker discount program to unlimited vehicles.
  • Expanding the current city sticker discount program to include current & disabled veterans.
  • Expanding the current city sticker purchase program citywide through community partners and exploring kiosk purchase technology.
  • Restoring youth & young adults city sticker ARTS design program engaging all 77 neighborhoods. As well, establishing an education scholarship fund.
  • Free city parking lot program in congested neighborhoods.
  • Free parking zone permits for home healthcare workers/caretakers serving seniors & disabled residents, college students, and contractors.
What is the most pressing issue facing constituents, and how can you help address it?

Mounting debt forced on Chicago, residents from this office and restoring the publics trust in a government that is elected by the people to work for the people of this great city.

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