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All People, All Voices, One City.

MEET AMARA

Amara is a problem-solver, advocate, lawyer, PhD, ironman competitor, marathoner, daughter of activists, and defender of the public with a passion for public policy.

Amara is not someone who only talks about what she will do as mayor – she demonstrates her commitment to Chicago by showing what she has already done. Amara has a uniquely broad and deep background of local, national and international experience necessary for managing a city as complex as Chicago.

She has worked from the top level of city government to the grassroots level and everything in between. She has experience managing a municipality, consulted on projects in cities around the world as a public policy expert, run non-profits, serves as a leader in the business community, and works at the grassroots level as an organizer on the issues affecting Chicago’s neighborhoods.

Through her work, she has forged authentic relationships across the city on many areas of policy including economic development, housing, public finance, education, workforce development, food security, public safety and more. As a bridge-builder and advocate, she has actively worked to usher in transformative policies that improve quality of life for Chicagoans. Amara believes in thinking outside the box, challenging systems, and building new ones that reflect values that put the public’s interest first.

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WHY I'M RUNNING

All People. All Voices. One City.

Chicago is at a unique and historic moment. We have the power to decide the type of city we want to be. A truly great city for all, or a further divided city that only works for the few, at the expense of the many. Right now, Chicago exists as two cities – one in which families are being displaced from the neighborhoods they have called home for generations, community schools are under-resourced and shuttered, leaving some families with few, if any, quality school options. Violence has become a daily nightmare for far too many. Other communities feel they have no voice in decision-making. The city continues to borrow in an effort to cover up its fiscal crises while kicking the can down the road. Residents that live on the West Side will live 16 fewer years than residents who live downtown. This inequity and disparity is unacceptable in a city with one of the most expansive and diverse economies in the country, a geographic advantage as a transit hub, and a top-notch ecosystem for developing a high-quality labor force.

The urgency of the issues we face require us to make bold decisions about where we go from here and the kind of visionary leadership it will take to get us there. The decisions we make now will impact future generations. I am running because I believe Chicagoans are ready for visionary leadership that is powered by people. Chicago is ready for real solutions that actually move the city toward its highest potential – a city that is fair, just, and where all communities thrive.

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