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Employment History

Owner
Norman's Bistro

President
Norflo Holding Corp.

Owner
Room 43 Ltd

Award Winning Radio Executive
WGCI

Senior Account Executive
WGCI

Senior Account Executive
Gannett Co. , Inc.

Community Representative On Local School Council
King College Prep High School

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Norman Bolden, owner of Norman's Bistro, developed a block-long commercial strip.


Gazette Chicago ยป Crowded field vying for 4th Ward aldermanic seat

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Norman Bolden. Norman Bolden of Bronzeville is president of Norflo Holding Corp., parent company of the bar/restaurants Room 43 and Norman's Bistro. He formerly served as senior account executive at WGCI Radio and Gannett Broadcasting Co.; he spent 25 years there, beginning as a temporary mail room intern and retiring as a top producing account and sales executive. He considers himself an independent, and his website is www.electnormanbolden.com.

With a new mayor and new City Council, he hopes the city is headed for a time in which aldermen "speak freely and are not beholden to anything besides the best interests of the communities they represent. Bolden emphatically supports a full financial audit of the City because "before you can say what you are going to do, you have to see what exactly has been done. Transparency is key to seeing what needs to be merged and purged."
Bolden supports hiring more police officers and restoring C.A.P.S. funding. "If the City is committed to making communities safe, it's not reasonable to cut funding of programs that are designed to promote safety. The City's TIF funds could be allocated for public safety, he said, provided the local TIF councils are given honest authority to assess the greatest needs of the community.
Bolden said even high performing schools need improvement, and administrators of schools that are underserved and underachieving need one-on-one meetings with local elected officials to assess goals and promote accountability.
Having served as a community rep on King College Prep's Local School Council (LSC), he saw LSC politics first-hand and endorses more training for LSC members to ensure they understand what is needed at the classroom level.
As a lifelong Bronzeville resident, he sees the job of alderman as an opportunity to serve every section of the 4th Ward with honesty, good business principles, and transparency, and he wants to be a role model for the community's young people.


Norman Bolden, Former WGCI ...

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Norman Bolden, Former WGCI Radio Exec and Owner of Room 43 Planning Another Run For 4th Ward Alderman

Norman Bolden is a former award winning radio executive at radio station WGCI and currently a local proprty owner which includes ownership if the new popular banquet facility called Room 43, and again it appears that Norman Bolden is planning another run for Alderman of the 4th Ward. Friends of Bolden began to call around and let his poosible plans be known to run again, after a headline story appeared on the front page of a major H ... Continue
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Norman Bolden, Former WGCI Radio Exec and Owner of Room 43 Planning Another Run For 4th Ward Alderman
Norman Bolden is a former award winning radio executive at radio station WGCI and currently a local proprty owner which includes ownership if the new popular banquet facility called Room 43, and again it appears that Norman Bolden is planning another run for Alderman of the 4th Ward. Friends of Bolden began to call around and let his poosible plans be known to run again, after a headline story appeared on the front page of a major Hyde Park n ... Continue


Owned by Norman Bolden, the ...

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Owned by Norman Bolden, the visionary behind Norman's Bistro with an infectious smile, definitely saw a need in the community for good food and entertainment when he purchased the building in 2010. "I have experienced some of the finest hospitality and dining from Africa to the bistros in European districts and I wanted to bring that experience to the place where I was born and raised, Kenwood."

For Bolden, the namesake restaurant is a dream come true. As a child, he worked in his father's record shop, The Royal Flush, and in high school secured an internship at the radio station WGCI 107.5 FM. He eventually worked his way up to become a top salesperson and went on to have a successful career with the station in various roles for 25 years. During this time, he traveled extensively, nationally and internationally, catering to his passion for food, entertainment and the arts. He decided to leave WGCI and revisit his roots of entrepreneurship by purchasing the commercial strip where his father's business was once located and opened Norman's Bistro and Room 43, a venue for intimate upscale events. "I have always had a mindset for servitude and really enjoy entertaining and seeing people have a good time," says Bolden.


Nearest rival was Yokoyama with 10%, ...

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Nearest rival was Yokoyama with 10%, then Bolden and Scott, then Rumsey, then Miguest, with Williams trailing at 1%.

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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.
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Bolden 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 said.
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Norman Bolden, owner of Norman's bistro and Room 43, suggested auditing housing developments and building on vacant lots.
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Scott, Bolden, and Rumsey advocated for youth programs and mentoring instead of gun control.
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"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 said. "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.
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Norman Bolden boosted his 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.
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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.
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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. Bolden 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.
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Should Burns prevail, we hope to see both Rumsey and Bolden back in four years with an assessment of this work during his first term.
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Norman Bolden paced in front of Shoesmith an hour before the pols closed passing out cards emblazoned with "Punch 53" in large, red type. He 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.
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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.
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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. His 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.
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Norman Bolden, who owns two businesses in the immediate area, was able to peel off votes from Burns and capture 42 percent in the neighborhood.

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