Candidate for Chicago City Council

About the Candidate

Name: David Herrera
DOB: Nov. 10, 1982
Family: Single
Occupation: Entrepreneur, real estate investor/developer, and financial consultant
Political Experience: None
Website: herrerafor26.com

Candidate Statement

Hi, my name is David Herrera, and I am running for Alderman of the 26th Ward. My vision for this office is to be an accessible and transparent advocate for my community. As a lifelong resident, I’ve seen the consequences that bad policy decisions have on those I call my neighbors, family and friends. I’ve seen the loss of local jobs, the closing of our schools and the displacement of longtime residents. Many residents in the 26th Ward want a community where they can live, work, learn and thrive. I share these desires, and am committed to creating policies that move our Ward forward -- built on actions, not promises.

Although our community has made significant progress, we are still being held back by our current Alderman’s shortcomings, lack of initiative and failure to deliver impactful results. The 26th Ward deserves better than a stagnant economy, blighted business districts and a food desert. This is why I know that investment in our future, in our children, and in ourselves is what will strengthen our community.

My experience as a financier and as an entrepreneur gives me the expertise to execute on key policy issues needed to bring the 26th Ward forward. By investing and revitalizing targeted areas within the Ward through the loosening of antiquated zoning restrictions, the designation of economic empowerment zones and other innovative policies will provide opportunity for all and allow the 26th Ward to reach its full potential. These are just a select few of the innovative policies and ideas I can bring to City Council.

The time for change is now, vote for me, David Herrera on Election Day (February 26th).

Candidate Q&A

What is your vision for this office?

My vision for this office is to be an accessible and transparent advocate for my community. As a lifelong resident, I’ve personally felt the negative effects of economic and political shifts. I’ve witnessed the missed opportunities for job creation, education, and accessible housing. Like many of the residents in the 26th Ward, I want our community to become a place where its residents can comfortably live, work, learn, and thrive. I am committed to creating a sustainable community, built on actions, not promises.

What is the most pressing issue facing constituents, and how can you help address it?

The most pressing issue facing our constituents is the ability for our community to thrive. We are stagnant and lacking actual progress on job creation, education, and accessible housing within the ward, all of which are absolutely necessary for a community to grow and thrive. We must provide opportunities for our constituents; our community is only as strong as its people. One of the main roadblocks to a sustainable community is the stagnant local economy and lack of job creation; most of the 26th Ward is economically blighted, including its main business district.

I intend to address these issues by investing and revitalizing key areas/districts within the 26th Ward through a mix of policy targeted at revitalizing neglected areas within the ward and loosening-up antiquated zoning, where appropriate. For example, an economic empowerment zone designation would provide employment incentives such as a $3,000 tax credit for hiring local residents and sales tax exemptions. Implementing an SSA (Special Service Area) can provide essential maintenance and beautification efforts to targeted districts. Additionally, job creation and economic revitalization will improve public safety, which is another pressing issue within the Ward.