Campaign donations since 2015, mapped.
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Fulfilling a promise he made when he first ran for alderman in 2011, Pawar is not running for reelection in 2019. In his 8 years as alderman, he has pushed many progressive policies including a $13 minimum wage, an Office of Labor Standards, and a universal basic income pilot.Pawar ran in the Democratic primary for governor in 2018, but dropped out because it was impossible to run in a race that set a record as the costliest in American history. He commented that, "For democracy’s sake, I hope we see this as a troubling trend."
He is beloved in the 47th ward and was voted “Best Alderman” by the Chicago Reader. He is seeking to replace Kurt Summers as city treasurer running on creating a public bank. He served as the first Indian American and first Asian American on City Council. He has raised money from unions, progressive organizations, and orgs like Asian American Action Fund of Greater Chicago, as well as from business and financial elites like William Hobert.
Note: The People's Lobby endorsed Matt Martin for 47th ward alderman.