Chicago – Former 2nd Ward challengers David Askew and Larry Doody united today to endorse re-election of their former opponent, incumbent Alderman Madeline Haithcock.
Askew and Doody appealed to their supporters, who combined, made up more than 27 percent of the votes in the Feb. 27 balloting, to swing their allegiance to Haithcock.
The two former candidates said Haithcock is the best choice in the runoff on issues that most concerned their supporters. These issues include guiding development of the fast-growing ward with a “smart growth” perspective and provision of ample parking.
They also said Haithcock’s experience and integrity make her the candidate voters should trust.
“It’s great to have David and Larry on our side,” Haithcock said. “Our campaign was spirited. Yet we share a desire that the Second Ward be Chicago’s best place to live, work, play, shop, raise a family and retire. David and Larry each bring a unique perspective to our campaign. I look forward to working closely with both of them.”
Haithcock said she has adopted and taken steps to establish neighborhood advisory councils throughout the ward to enhance input on development questions from residents and businesses most affected by a proposed development. “This was part of David’s ‘smart growth’ platform,” she said. “With his assistance, count on it to get done.”
Askew said, “I urge my supporters to vote for Alderman Madeline Haithcock on April 17th. I’ve spoken with her extensively. She understands the concerns of people who supported me and has agreed to make the changes people want. She is our best choice for alderman.”
Doody said, “Alderman Haithcock sincerely cares about all residents in the 2nd Ward. She’s going fight for us on parking, affordable housing and continued job development for our neighbors. She has the experience to get things done. I agree that she has heard the concerns of voters. She is without doubt the candidate that Second Ward voters should choose on April 17.”
Alderman Haithcock has represented the 2nd Ward since 1993. She is Chairperson for the City Council’s Committee on Special Events and Cultural Affairs and Vice Chairperson for the Committee on Education and the Committee on Licensing and Consumer Services.