Ameya Pawar to challenge Eugene Schulter for Alderman

A challenger, Ameya Pawar, has emerged to run against 47th Ward Chicago Alderman Eugene Schulter. Pawar announced his challenge with a blog on February 22.

Ameya Pawar has emerged as an early potential challenger to 47th Ward Alderman Eugene Schulter.

Ameya Pawar has emerged as an early potential challenger to 47th Ward Alderman Eugene Schulter.

Pawar lists involvement in the Illinois Center for Violence Prevention as a member of the Board of Directors and the Chair of the Art of Peace Gala. He also says he is a member of the Common Pantry Board of Directors and holds two Masters Degree, with a candidacy for a third degree expected to be granted in 2011.

“I found myself becoming disappointed about the divisive nature of our politics,” Pawar says on his web site. Ameya Pawar (pronounced Uh-May-Uh Pa-War). “I often wondered how politics always seemed to trump the idea of public service, and how deal-making and entrenchment was seen as good experience… “

Pawar, who held his first fundraiser at O’Donovan’s, 2100 W Irving Park Rd., Chicago, IL, says he has generated 500 unique IP addresses and 5,000 hits in the last week on his website,

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Patrick grew up near LaFollette Park on the West Side. He contends that the very best Italian beef sandwiches are made on the West Side and has a strange love of the flat pizza from that part of the city. Patrick led The Bulldog to win seven journalism awards in 2011, including four awards to Patrick as a solo or a team member. He is very proud of The Dog's coverage of politics and schools in the neighborhood. Patrick wrote for the Times of Northwest Indiana as a stringer covering Cook County Government, for the Chicago Tribune as a stringer on the Chicago Wolves and for ChicagoNow as a writer before starting The Dog. He wrote for four years for as a media commentator and spent about 20 years in operations at city newspapers, including nine years as owner of his own distribution company. Prior to that he spent about nine years in public relations. Patrick has a Masters degree from the University of Colorado. He attended Eastern Illinois University for undergrad and Weber High School and St. Peter Canisius grammar school. The two-flat he owns was built in 1912 and has never been featured, to his knowledge, in any major motion pictures despite having a way-cool garden. Patrick purchased the property in 1994 and "couldn't afford to buy it now." His daughter is a college student in California. He lives in the house with his wife, Jane, and two cats who often sit in on his phone interviews.

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