Today, longtime Hermosa resident and community activist Colin Bird-Martinez announced his progressive challenge to become Chicago's 31st Ward alderman. He hopes to become the city's first openly gay African-American alderman.
"I'm running for alderman because it's time to put community first in the City of Chicago," he said. "For far too long the City has prioritized the wealthy and well-connected, and ignored the needs of our neighborhoods. In the 31st Ward, we need real solutions to the problems we face, including housing affordability, access to health care and education, and regressive taxes that overburden hard-working families. The City needs to invest in ordinary people, not special interests."
Colin Jamal Bird-Martinez lives in Hermosa, near Kelvyn Park High School, with his husband Joshua, their two cats, Roy and Max, and a dachshund named Frankie. He works as an automotive analyst and volunteers as as a community organizer. Colin founded the Hermosa Neighborhood Association and serves on the Local School Council of Nixon Elementary.