This morning, our beloved Alderman Pawar announced he’s stepping down from office. Despite an overwhelming victory in last year’s elections, he said it’s time for him to move on. “I’m super proud of all the accomplishments we have made in the 47th ward over the past 5 years: the Lawrence Avenue streetscape, Mariano’s and the rest of Ravenswood Station, Lycée Francais, expansions at Bell, Coonley, and more,” he said. “But the community deserves turnover in this office. Far too many alderman sit in office forever getting hardly anything done. I’d prefer to walk away at the top of my game and take on a new challenge, rather than hanging around too long doing the same thing over and over.”
Alderman Pawar admits his early departure isn’t entirely altruistic, though. “The central of my political career all along has been clear: families move to the suburbs to get a complete K through 12 experience. Well, I’ve got a family now, and just like everyone else I need to do what’s best for my child.”
Alderman Pawar also noted that, because he doesn’t own his home, he’s not invested in the community. “I’ll admit, I didn’t know that renters don’t care about their neighborhood,” he said, “but I learned that from the Internet. It’s great that there’s a lot of helpful people on the Internet who, through thoughtful and reasoned commentary, can help me learn things.”
Mayor Rahm Emanuel probably has mixed feelings about seeing Pawar go, as he hasn't been quite the rubber stamp kind of alderman that Rahm prefers, but he has been a pretty effective legislator. Nevertheless, he’s moving fast to refill the seat—applications to be 47th ward alderman should be available online on the city’s website by the end of today, April 1st.