Nearest rival was Yokoyama with 10%, then Bolden
and Scott, then Rumsey, then Miguest, with Williams trailing at 1%.
The six candidates who attended the forum were Will Burns (A.B. '95, A.M. '98), Brian Scott, George Rumsey, Normal [sic] Bolden
, Adam Miguest, and Lori Yokoyama.
said reducing regulations would be a better way to attract more businesses than increasing development.
"Force banks to lower their lending standards.
We have to lift the restrictions government is placing on these businesses.
We may need to loosen up fees for start-up businesses and pay the fees later," he
Norman Bolden, owner of Norman's bistro and Room 43, suggested auditing housing developments and building on vacant lots.
, and Rumsey advocated for youth programs and mentoring instead of gun control.
"I believe we currently have an area where people are willing to go beyond 53rd Street," said 4th Ward candidate Norman Bolden
, who operates two businesses on 43rd Street.
Members of both neighborhoods need to find ways to solidify the links between the communities, he
"What better way to do that than to build small businesses along all of the commercial corridors that connect the ward?"
"On 43rd Street, hats off to Norman Bolden," 4th Ward aldermanic candidate and state Rep.
Will Burns (D-26) said, adding the next 4th alderman should work to keep businesses lie Bolden's
in the community and expand retail on 43rd Street, 47th Street and Cottage Grove Avenue.
campaign with $445 of his
own money, and then gave his
campaign another $1,500 of his
own funds shortly after the beginning of the year. it si Bolden's only reported contribution thus far.
Burns' efforts were matched by businessmen George Rumsey, who developed a following in Hyde Park, and Norman Bolden
, whose 43rd Street businesses have drawn both Hyde Parkers and neighbors.
Both Rumsey and Bolden
deserve credit for their hard work and determination. we are certain that the race was more informative and that whoever is elected will have a better sense of the 4th Ward's needs because of their participation.
brought tot he
race an emphasis on the need to ease the way to small business development in the ward, especially north of 47th Street.
Should Burns prevail, we hope to see both Rumsey and Bolden
back in four years with an assessment of this work during his
paced in front of Shoesmith an hour before the pols closed passing out cards emblazoned with "Punch 53" in large, red type.
confidently predicted he
would take the election Tuesday night, but conceded Burns might be able to force a runoff.
As of press time, Bolden
was tied for second with Lori Yokoyama, both with 9 percent of the vote.
After teh votes were counted, Bolden
said at his
camping party at Norman's
Bistro that he
was surprised there would be no run off with any of the candidates.
Businessmen George Rumsey and Norman Bolden
both put together serious campaigns and introduced important issues Burns should take seriously as he
attempts to demonstrate that he
is the alderman for the entire word and not just for the powerful interests that lined up behind him.
Former alderman and now Cook County Board President toni Preckwinkle continues to cast a long shadow in the ward -- indeed, she even continues to serve as committeeman -- and Burns' brief flirtation with appointment to the interim position during the campaign made her preference Clear.
astute political move in declining that position shows some promise in Burns' independence.
We need to see more of the same in the future to assure residents the ward is not being run from the county president's office.
Two smart campaign positions -- on by Bolden
, the other by Rumsey -- can send a clear signal in that direction.
, who owns two businesses in the immediate area, was able to peel off votes from Burns and capture 42 percent in the neighborhood.