Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2019-10-30
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

ELECTIONS 2020, STATE HOUSE Ryan Podges, gay man challenges Feigenholtz for 12th Dist.
by Andrew Davis, Windy City Times
2019-10-16

facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


Ryan Podges is a political newbie—and his initial foray into the electoral arena may be a daunting one.

That is because Podges, a gay Chicago attorney, is taking on longtime 12th District incumbent Rep. Sara Feigenholtz in the Democratic primary. ( Marty Malone is also in this race. ) However, Podges said he is.not one to shy away from challenges.

Windy City Times: This is your first time running for political office. What's been the biggest surprise for you so far?

Ryan Podges: Well, every step has been a learning experience for me. It's been challenging, it's been rewarding, it's been time-consuming. I think the most gratifying thing—and what I'm somewhat surprised about—is how eager people have been to have new blood in the political process. I've been circulating my petition the last couple weeks [he needs 500 signatures], and I wasn't sure how I'd be perceived, but people have been absolutely outstanding.

WCT: The incumbent is popular, and has been a longtime ally of the LGBTQ community. What is she, in your opinion, not doing?

PD: I think people want their representatives to be accountable. A lot of the leaders who have been in office a long time have not been as accountable in year 22 as in year two of their office. I think people want to have new faces and new solutions.

WCT: So you feel her ideas are a little stale?

PD: One of the things I hear pretty regularly out in the community is that, since the district is [heavily] LGBTQ, there should be someone leading the charge for LGBTQ people. While I don't think there have been any horribly egregious votes, it's important that the person leads the charge statewide for LGBTQ people.

WCT: Tell me about the 12th District.

PD: The district includes parts of the Gold Coast, Old Town, Lincoln Park, East Lake View and a small portion of Uptown.

WCT: You're a labor/employment attorney. How has that occupation helped you in this political race, if at all?

PD: Well, I have a lot of experience representing workers and unions, and working with unions and other attorneys on issues. So, you know, negotiating and being an advocate for people—those are two key parts of being a state representative. Also, there's listening to people and being able to work with the other side to get things done.

WCT: I was looking at your platform, and there are some interesting ideas there. For example, you mention consolidating school districts.

PD: There are a lot of school districts across the state; I think Illinois has the third most in the country, after California and Texas—and there are other states ahead of Illinois, population-wise. There are many districts in the state that don't have all three levels—elementary, middle and high schools—and there are high administrative costs. It would behoove us to consolidate districts to save administrative fees and put money back into classrooms.

WCT: Since we're discussing education, I'm curious: What are your thoughts on California allowing college athletes to be paid for endorsement deals?

PD: It's interesting. I think it's a fair thing to do. If you're in music school in college, you can profit off your music; if you're an author, you can publish your work and make money off it; if you're a student-athlete, you can't. There seems to be a disconnect there. Now I'm not sure how it'll be implemented; it won't be allowed until 2023, I believe.

WCT: What do you think is the biggest problem for the LGBTQ community?

PD: I'd say it's access to healthcare. I think LGBTQ people in my district are some of the most fortunate in the state because there are a lot of resources—but, statewide, they're not as fortunate. I'd like those resources to be available to everybody.

Also, there are a lot of homeless people who identify as LGBTQ. That's a shame, and the state should be looking into that.

WCT: You mentioned LGBTQ representation earlier. What are your thoughts on Pete Buttigieg?

PD: I think he's a great role model. He's highly intelligent and well-spoken; I think he represents LGBTQ people very well. As far as I can tell, he's been an exemplary citizen. I'm proud of the way he's been running his race.

WCT: If you could ask our current president one thing, what would it be?

PD: [Pauses and then laughs] There are a lot of questions I'd like to ask. It's hard to narrow it down to one—it really is.

The two things I think about when it comes to Trump are difficulty telling the truth, and bigotry and racism. I'd ask him why he has a hard time telling the truth, and why he feels he has to stoke the flames of bigotry and racism. He seems to be more concerned with pointing out our differences than finding solutions.

WCT: What's your biggest asset in this race, and your biggest drawback?

PD: My biggest drawback is that I'm running for the first time. It's very difficult to take on a longtime incumbent. That's why very few people have done it—but it can be done.

My biggest asset in this race is my ability to listen to people and understand what matters to them as well as my ability to bring change to state government.

See RyanPodges.com .


facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email





Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

WORLD Movie premiere, Argentina's president, jail sentences in Malaysia 2019-11-12 - Ultra-nationalist protesters in the former Soviet republic of Georgia clashed with police as they attempted to derail the premiere of a critically acclaimed ...


Gay News

Protest set for Deerfield Chick-fil-A 2019-11-10 - A group of suburban activists plan what they say will be a "family-friendly" protest on Nov. 14, the opening day of a new ...


Gay News

Affordable Requirements Ordinance Dashboard is out 2019-11-07 - The Chicago Department of Housing unveiled a new, interactive, user-friendly tool—the Affordable Requirements Ordinance ( ARO ) Dashboard—to make affordable housing data more ...


Gay News

'LGBTQ+ All in for Kina' party Nov. 14 2019-11-06 - On Thursday, Nov. 14, at Cantina Laredo, 508 N. State St., 6:30-8:30 p.m., LGBTQ+ leaders and allies from across the Chicago area are ...


Gay News

Young feminists to converge Nov. 9 2019-11-06 - Hundreds of high school and college-aged young women will meet in Chicago on Saturday, Nov. 9, to explore topics of intersectional feminism, empowerment ...


Gay News

Openly LGBT candidates win in Tuesday's elections 2019-11-06 - More than 75 percent of openly LGBT candidates running in the Nov. 5 off-year elections won. The total was 112: 106 Democrats, one ...


Gay News

Indianapolis City-County Council Triples LGBTQ Representation 2019-11-06 - Washington, DC — Indianapolis voters tripled openly LGBTQ representation on its city-county council Tuesday night, reelecting Zach Adamson and electing first-time council candidates ...


Gay News

Six Trans Candidates Win Elected Office Tuesday Nigh 2019-11-06 - Washington, DC — Six openly trans candidates won their races Tuesday night — including four incumbents — increasing to 23 the total number ...


Gay News

80 LGBTQ Victory Fund Endorsed Candidates Win; LGBTQ Representation Rises 2019-11-06 - Washington, DC — While returns continue coming in, election results so far indicate a strong night for LGBTQ candidates, with 80 Victory Fund ...


Gay News

Danica Roem Defeats Anti-LGBTQ Opponent in VA 2019-11-05 - Washington, DC — Virginia Delegate Danica Roem — the first openly out-and-seated transgender state legislator ever elected in the United States — defeated ...


 



Copyright © 2019 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor


 



About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.