I’m Matthew Roney, and I’m running for Mayor of Chicago because I can see what's possible— Chicago can become an attractive, healthy, family-friendly city whose residents are empowered and fully engaged in its sustainability and growth. As a certified pharmaceutical technician and political science student at DePaul University, I am trained to overcome the obstacles of bias and see problems for what they truly are, then find the best solution to address them. I will apply this approach by promoting a progressive policy agenda that will unite all racial and ethnic communities around common interests: housing, education, economic development, wellness, culture, and public safety.
Rahm Emanuel is out of touch with Chicagoans, who know that we need to address our gun violence epidemic by fighting poverty, discrimination, and racism instead of spending $95 million to build a police academy in West Garfield Park. Rahm's policies do not reflect what our priorities should be: we should fight for public education and invest crucial resources in communities of color on the South and West Side of Chicago.
My message to Chicagoans:
- As mayor, I will promote managed growth and balanced development. I will walk a tightrope between confrontation and compromise with the powerful business community and real estate community, while promoting a progressive policy agenda that will unite all racial and ethnic communities around common interests: housing, education, economic development, wellness, culture, and public safety.
I will work to increase transport options; build complete communities; protect the green zone, and invest in education and related human capital programs, such as job training and early childhood development.
I will invest crucial resources in communities of color on the South and West Side that have been affected by years of government neglect, disinvestment, and redlining.
I am committed to transforming Chicago into an attractive, healthy, family-friendly city whose residents are empowered and fully engaged in its sustainability and growth. In order to accomplish this, I intend to work with grass-roots activists and community leaders to address socioeconomic inequality, because there is a growing disparity between downtown's affluence and the neighborhoods' decline.
As a certified pharmaceutical technician, I recommend that we finally give our neighborhoods the medication that they need: we must invest in our communities by implementing policies that are designed to help Chicagoans get access to better-paying jobs, and access to crucial funding for neighborhood development and community enrichment.
Together, we will improve the conditions of our neighborhoods and turn "The Second City" into "The Magnet City". By prioritizing stakeholders over shareholders we will attract high-paying jobs, opportunity, and industry to our city. Once we shift our priorities away from The Loop, and invest in people, politicians will no longer have to offer companies like Amazon 2.3 billion dollars to come here; they would already know that the Second City should be their second home. Donate today and let's get to work!
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May 30, 2018