Ameya Pawar

Ameya Pawar is the alderman of Chicago’s 47th Ward. He was born and raised in Illinois, the son of Indian immigrants. Ameya became the first Asian-American on the Chicago City Council in 2011 and won re-election in 2015 by the largest margin in the city. As Alderman, Ameya has championed legislation focused on the middle class. He led the charge to create the City Council Office of Financial Analysis and has consistently redirected money toward libraries, parks, schools, and infrastructure. Since taking office, Ald. Pawar has sponsored and passed ten major pieces of city-wide legislation, including passage of Chicago’s Sweat Free Procurement Ordinance. These legislative efforts represent bona-fide reform and make structural changes to Chicago government to ensure greater consumer protections, greater transparency and accountability of tax incentive programs, and provide independent analysis of major legislation. Ald. Pawar’s initiatives prevented wage theft, encouraged affordable housing, and granted sick leave to hard-working citizens. He is dedicated to helping families stay in their chosen neighborhoods. The 47th Ward is home to over 50,000 residents, where Pawar has advanced economic projects worth over $300 million dollars, from Divvy stations to retail shops. Ald. Pawar is currently running for City Treasurer and lives with his wife, daughter, and dog.