State Rep. Melissa Conyears-Ervin is officially in the race for city treasurer, saying she’s the candidate who best understands the struggles of working class Chicagoans.
Conyears-Ervin said she wants to bring investment to places that need it, such as the West Side where she lives with her husband, 28th Ward Ald. Jason Ervin, and their young daughter.
“I’m not on the outside looking in, I’m the only candidate in this race who’s living in this community,” Conyears-Ervin said.
She hearkened back to her mother losing her union electrician job when the plant where she worked left the city, and said it showed her how important it is to be a careful steward of taxpayer money. “These investments are important to the city, and important to taxpayers,” Conyears-Ervin said.
Also in the race is outgoing 47th Ward Ald. Ameya Pawar, who says he wants to create a public bank so the city can stop paying out banking fees for basic financial services and instead use the savings for affordable housing and investments in neighborhoods.
Peter Gariepy, who lost to Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas in the March Democratic primary, also filed petitions to run for city treasurer. And Richard Mayers is in the race, too. Mayers filed petitions to run for mayor and city clerk in addition to treasurer a candidate for 23rd Ward alderman.
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December 3, 2018 at 03:45PM