About the Candidate
Name: Eddie Johnson III
DOB: Feb. 27, 1979
Family: Takesha Johnson (Wife) and Kiara Johnson (Daughter), Sasha (Dog), Lola (Cat)
Political Experience: None
Happy New Year. My name is Eddie Johnson III. I’m a candidate for Alderman of the 16th Ward. The 16th Ward consists of Englewood, West Englewood, Back of the Yards and Chicago Lawn neighborhoods. I love my community and love all the neighboring communities in the 16th Ward. I’ve lived in this community my entire life and been actively involved in my community for more than 20 years as a basketball coach and mentor to hundreds of children. I’m a current union member who grew up in a union household; that personal knows the challenges working families struggle with every day. My overall professional experience and life experience have equipped me to understand first hand the problems and issues that has plagued our Ward for more than 30 years. I’m running for Alderman; because I’m tired and many other residents; are just fed up looking at filthy vacant lots, abandoned properties and coming home to unsafe circumstances. We are all Chicagoans with families who work hard to enjoy quality community living in our neighborhood. As Alderman I will be an engine of real change who will immediately clean up the filthy vacant lots and address the abandoned properties. I will prioritize the delivery of city services. I will work with residents and community organizations. I will work hard to bring community and social services to the 16th Ward for our youths and seniors. To residents in the 16th Ward there is no time working with politicians or people who have turned a deaf ear on our community challenges. Things have to change and the change must come now. I ask for your help and please continue joining others to elect me as Alderman of 16th Ward on February 26, 2019. Change is possible!
What is your vision for this office?
My vision for this office is; as Alderman I will change the current 16th Ward to be cluster of communities that provide healthier and safer neighborhoods for all residents to enjoy a great quality of life experience for their families.
What is the most pressing issue facing constituents, and how can you help address it?
The most pressing issue for the 16th Ward constituents is public safety.
As Alderman, I will work with residents, Chicago Police Department and community organizations to bring community police alternatives that will improve communication and trust among residents and CPD.
As Alderman, I will work with local city agencies, county and state agencies to bring new programs or work to reinstated previous eliminated programs in community services and social services. These community services and social services programs will be the focus for residents with concentrated issues in financial hardships/unemployment or no employment, recidivism or ex-offenders, mental health and substance abuse issue.
As Alderman, I will work to bring jobs and economic opportunities to the 16th Ward and work to keep working people in the 16th Ward working.
As Alderman, I will provide after-school opportunities and summer youth program opportunities for all youth residents in 16th Ward.