About the Candidate

Name: Eddie Johnson III
Date of Birth: Feb. 27, 1979
Occupation: Educator
Political Experience: N/A
Political Party: Democrat
Website: Eddie16thWard.com

Candidate Q&A

Why are you running?

I’m running for office of 16th Ward Alderperson to ensure my family and other families can enjoy a safer, healthier and cleaner community living. I’m running for Alderperson in the 16th Ward, because I’m tired paying for city services that I’m not accurately receiving. I’m running for Alderperson in the 16th Ward because I’m tired walking past uncleaned city vacant lots, unsecured vacant homes and I’m tired of being worried about the safety of my family and the safety of others in my community.

What does this office do well, and what needs fixing?

Unfortunately the office of 16th Ward Alderperson doesn’t to do anything well for resident at this time. The office of the 16th Ward Alderperson needs to be more accessible to residents and communicate with all residents regarding city services. The office of 16th Ward Alderperson needs to fixed the non working relationship with Chicago Police Department C.A.P.S. in 7th, 8th and 9th districts to build trust between residents and officers; create.

What is the most pressing issue facing your constituents and how do you plan on addressing it?

Pubic Safety and Economic/Job Opportunities

What specific steps would you take to ensure your office is accessible and responsive to your constituents?

As 16th Ward Alderperson to ensure the office is more accessible to residents I will operate 2 city services offices. The offices will be locate in the Chicago Lawn and Englewood communities. Additionally accessibility to residents will be a 16th Ward Mobile Service Office.

Do you believe in the tradition of aldermanic prerogative, which gives each City Council member the final say on issues in their ward?


Should the $1.9 billion budget for the Chicago Police Department increase, stay the same or decrease?

The $1.9 billion budget for the Chicago Police Department should stay the same.

Should the city raise the Real Estate Transfer Tax on properties sold for more than $1 million to fund programs to help unhoused Chicagoans?


Should the city open and operate mental health clinics to provide free care to Chicagoans?


How should Chicago build the 120,000 homes it needs for low- and moderate-income Chicagoans?

(Candidate did not answer.)

What do you see as potential solutions to address the number of shootings in Chicago?

The potential solutions to address shooting in Chicago is to invest in people on Chicago South and West side communities by:

  • Providing economic development and job opportunities for young people 14 - 25 years old. In order for opportunities to be productive they must be made available for young people within their respective South and West sides neighborhoods to address limited mobility young people have due to citywide public safety issues.
  • Providing accessible and free recreational, leisure and sports programming opportunities for every child 6 - 17 years old during out of school hours i.e… (Afterschool and Summer Break)
  • Chicago Police Department must restructure their Community Police Strategies, improve trust between residents and officers and provide preventive policing in high risk or hot spots area.

What should the City Council do to stop the drop in the city’s Black population?

Chicago City Council needs to work with Chicago Public Schools to improve neighborhood schools. Chicago Public Schools needs to provide more equitable education opportunities for children in underserved communities. Chicago Public Schools can provide more equitable education opportunities making on all schools have standards allow every child to in enroll in

Chicago City Council needs to make affordable housing a priority in underserved communities; focusing on creating affordable housing opportunities for current residents on South and West side communities.