SAMUEL ALCANTAR FOR THE 12TH WARD ALDERMAN
NO QUACK, ALL FACTS
WHO I AM
MY ROOTS & CONCERN
I was born and raised in Chicago. I grew up on the north side of the city. The effects of gentrification displaced my family and I from Lincoln Park. We moved to McKinley Park 20 years ago. I was raised in the Catholic faith and attended Catholic schools my entire life: St. Josaphat for grammar school, Holy Trinity for high school and DePaul University for college. At DePaul, I graduated with a degree in sociology. I cannot imagine ever growing up and living in another city. Exposure to the diversity of people, religion and cultures has allowed me to appreciate and admire the differences in all peoples that call Chicago home. Chicago's extreme seasonal weather has taught me to cherish the beauty of nature and the need for balance and variety; and yes, I do enjoy the winter as much as the summer.
I love the city, but there are improvements that can be made to make it a better place to live. For example, putting an end to Chicago's rampant political corruption at City Hall. The politicians of the machine have deteriorated city institutions and manufactured crisis after crisis that burden the middle class, working class and working poor. It is time billion-dollar corporations pay their fair share and machine politicians are held liable for their incompetent and corrupt ways, and their failure to keep their obligation of putting their constituents first. I am driven by a single goal: to do my part in making our ward and our city a better place for us all. I will strive to build productive relationships and make a positive impact by making decisions based on community input first. There is a big divide in how the city works for people that have wealth and influence and those that don't. We can bridge that divide by voting for representatives that truly care about our communities.