Ameya Pawar Apparent Winner of 47th Ward Race

By Mike Fourcher | Tuesday, February 22, 2011

As of 8:45 p.m., 47th Ward Aldermanic candidate Ameya Pawar was the apparent winner with 50.67% of the vote with 92% reporting.

In an exclusive interview with the Center Square Journal, Pawar was still struggling with the idea of victory.

“I wish I had something prepared to say. We’ve been knocking on doors and canvassing up to the last moment. I’m at a loss for words,” said Pawar.

Pawar was still watching the returns come in with a group of friends at a private gathering. His campaign is planning to hold a celebration and make a statement to the media at Timber Lanes Bowling Alley, 1851 W. Irving Park Road, later this evening.

He attributed his victory to a newly empowered 47th Ward electorate. “I think people want to have a say about what goes on in their government.  They want a voice,” he told Center Square Journal.

His first act as a new Alderman?

“I think I want to get the community together and have a dialogue. There’s a lot of pressing issues. The ward council’s one way to get people back to gether again,” said Pawar. Part of his platform was to create a ward council, comprised of community leaders, to review development decisions and legislative initiatives.

“I want to talk with [outgoing] Alderman [Eugene] Schulter and his organization. They have a lot of institutional knowledge and I’d like to have them participating in what’s next.

“[Schulter] leaves behind an incredible legacy. The kids programs. The senior programs. He leaves behind 36 years of service,” said Pawar.

As for what Schulter supporters in various community organization should expect, Pawar was gracious.

“I want to sit down with everyone. That’s what I’d like to do with the Chambers [of Commerce]. And I want to make sure they’re advocates for what they represent. I don’t advocate cleaning house.”

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  • Anonymous

    Congrats Alderman Pawar! You worked hard, knew your stuff and it showed. You got press, won the debates/forums and this ward paid attention and voted for you! Good luck to you!

  • http://twitter.com/SPQRboy Brian Yates

    I’m beside myself with relief! ( I voted too early and deeply regretted my vote for a different candidate.) This is wonderful news for the Ward! Congratulations Alderman Pawar.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=2251285 Katy Wortman

    I’m stunned, and so proud of Pawar and my 47th ward neighbors.

  • http://www.facebook.com/gregory.eck Greg Eck

    Congrats Ameya!!!

    After replacing about a dozen signs stolen by the O’Donnell crowd I can’t begin to say how happy I am you kicked his azz!!!

  • http://www.paigeworthy.com paigeworthy

    I’m so excited! I…forgot to submit my change of address when I moved, so I had to take my vote to the 1st Ward today, but it’s great to know the rest of the ward made the right decision.

  • Anonymous

    Wow – I am so proud of Alderman Pawar and impressed with my ward. The most qualified candidate won and, I hope, will represent our ward and its interests and needs well. Kudos to the CS Journal for accurate, up-to-date, relevant coverage of this race.

    • Anonymous

      Thank you so much! You saying that makes the effort worth it.

  • Anonymous

    Congratulations Alderman Pawar !

    Now let’s clean up Lawrence Avenue – from Western to the River !

  • Anonymous

    Yes – Kudos to the Center Square Journal.

    Local journalism at work !

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  • Anonymous

    I was expecting the best outcome to be a runoff. This is way better!

    Congrats to the incumbent Alderman.

  • http://twitter.com/ticketgeek Parking Ticket Geek

    Great reporting on the 47th ward race CenterSquare.

    • Anonymous

      Thank you!

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