Now that he's in the last year of his second term, he's sticking with that. The 2019 47th Ward aldermanic race will have no incumbent.
So far there are six potential candidates, and who knows how many more will file between now and the deadline? The election is in February 2019.
According to the Sun-Times, former Rahm-Emanuel aide Michael Negron just filed candidacy papers. You can read more about him here.
In addition, these citizens would also like to be alderman in the Fighting 47th:
- "Social worker and abortion-rights activist Eileen Dordek, whose campaign raised $75,000 in the first three months of the year. Dordek’s contributors included another former top Emanuel aide, Beth Swanson, who gave food worth nearly $1,700 for a fund-raiser last month, according to campaign-finance reports.
- Matthew Martin, a civil rights lawyer in the Illinois attorney general’s office. Like Negron, Martin is a graduate of Harvard Law School. He says he has raised about $51,000 for his campaign.
- Chicago Public Schools teacher James Karalus.
- Marmalade restaurant owner Kosta “Gus” Katsafaros.
- Jeff Jenkins, co-founder of Midnight Circus in the Parks."
Pass the popcorn, it's going to be fun to watch.
As for Ald. Pawar' future, he plans to launch OneIllinois, a digital statewide news outlet. See Robert Feder's column here.