City clerk, treasurer, council members to be elected

Jacob Posner, Editor-in-Chief

Along with the mayoral election, Chicago voters will cast ballots for a new city clerk, treasurer and members of the city council. Residents of each of Chicago’s 50 wards ward will elect one alderman.

The city council is Chicago’s legislative body and addresses issues including taxation and utilities. As of Jan. 29, 160 candidates were on the ballot, according to The treasurer manages the city’s investment portfolio, pension funds and runs programs for financial literacy, and the clerk takes notes during city council meetings and is the official record keeper for the city.

Anna Valencia, the current clerk, is unopposed. Two other candidates were removed from the race by Chicago Board of Election Commissioners.

Three candidates are running for treasurer: Melissa Conyears-Ervin, Peter Gariepy and Ameya Pawar. Conyears-Ervin, a Democrat, currently serves as a member of the Illinois House of Representatives.

She was endorsed by the Chicago Teachers Union, according to an article in Politico, but is under fire from Equality Illinois, an LGBTQ advocacy group, for voting “present” for bills that would have added LGBTQ history to school books and would have allowed transgender people to change their gender on birth certificates.

In an email to Politico, Conyears-Ervin wrote that she supports both measures but declined to answer why she chose not to vote.

Peter Gariepy, an accountant with degrees from Fordham and Northwestern, has not held any political office. The homepage of his campaign website reads, “Peter Gariepy, a CPA for City Treasurer because Chicago’s future deserves to have a qualified financial professional, not another politician.” He lost the Democratic primary for Cook County treasurer in 2018.

Ameya Pawar has been 47th Ward alderman since 2011. He was appointed to the Illinois Innovation Council, which works to jump start businesses, and to the State of Illinois Asian American Employment Plan Council by former Gov. Patrick Quinn.

Some of his work as alderman includes working against employment discrimination and founding GROW47, an organization dedicated to securing funding for schools. He manages $300 million for his ward.