CHICAGO – Lincoln Park resident Jerry Quandt has announced his candidacy for Chicago City Council. Quandt lives in the 43rd Ward, represented by incumbent Alderman Michele Smith.
“Our community has become fractured due to division and a lack of leadership from our Alderman. It is time we came together to move our community forward,” stated Quandt, an international marketing consultant and Chicago community activist. “By working to build consensus, we can embrace the Chicago tradition of evolution and progress while respecting our rich history and protecting our way of life.”
In 2012, Quandt was elected to serve as a member of the Lincoln Elementary Local School Council, where he worked with his fellow Board Members to secure a new school annex to resolve the school’s overcrowding issue. He spearheaded a team of over a dozen school parents to develop and design the new Lincoln Elementary School website, and is serving as a 5th Grade Room Parent for the school.
He is a Member of the Lincoln Central Association, an organization dedicated to improving the neighborhood. He served on the DePaul Alumni Board and was recently invited to join the DePaul Marketing Alumni Committee to enhance the marketing department at the University. He also volunteers on both the marketing team and as a head coach for the Oz Park Baseball Association and is an active supporter of Bike Walk Lincoln Park.
He is married to Pam, the Midwest Account Director for Epicurious/Bon Appétit at Conde Nast. They live in 60614 with their ten-year-old daughter Elena, a 5th grader at Lincoln Elementary School, and their five-year-old son Matthew, a kindergartener at Lincoln Elementary School. They have a two-year-old dog, Rufus, that they rescued from the streets of Calumet City. The family attends St Clement Parish where Jerry serves on the Stewardship Council. Jerry is an avid sailor and bicyclist, and is often seen pedaling around Lincoln Park with his son or dog in tow.
Quandt concluded: “As Alderman, I will be an advocate for our families and our children, fighting to continue to invest in and improve education in our neighborhood. I will provide the leadership necessary to bring the community together so we can tackle the tough issues that face our community and our city. I know that by working together, we can solve these problems and continue to move towards a better future for our families and community.”