Listing City Council’s accomplishments for the community and his own for the Sixth Ward, Alderman Mark Tendam began his bid for re-election.
“Local government is really hard,” said Sixth Ward resident and State Senator Daniel Biss in introducing Ald. Tendam. “The choices that Mark has been leading the Council to make are not just difficult choices but important ones. … I think we should re-elect him.”
“Mark is there. He listens and he acts,” said Sixth Ward resident Virginia Mann. “He has done a terrific job for the people of the ward, and he is probably one of the most accessible aldermen I know,” she added.
“As you know, I’m not the loudest person on the Council,” said Ald. Tendam. “My strength is working with people and building consensus among my colleagues and in the community. Among the things he worked on for the Sixth Ward are the improvement of public safety by, among other things, getting new crosswalks installed, looking at ways the City can help at-risk kids, saving the North Branch Library (even though it is in the Seventh Ward), continuing elm-tree injections, shepherding legislation to reduce the height of residential buildings in order to preserve the character of neighborhoods and working with businesses coming to the Sixth Ward. He pointed to Curt’s Café on Central Street, where youth are given a second chance and can learn restaurant skills.
“We have to address gun violence in the long run and in the short-term,” he said. “We have accomplished quite a bit, but there is a lot more to do to live up to our vision of creating the most livable city in America.”