The shame of last night was that both candidates could not be picked. They were both articulate, intelligent and above all passionate about both their neighborhoods and their city. This last trait is the most important quality an alderman can have. I have reached the end of my “honeymoon” stage as an alderman and it is this trait that gets me through a meeting, a phone call, and even writing my blog. What has surprised me the most about being an alderman is that while all 16 of us come from different backgrounds and ideologies we all share the common trait of passion. It is this passion that allows us to get our work done, to compromise, and to agree to disagree.
Next week I won’t be the newest alderman anymore, though I guess I am tied with 2 others for that title. Our newest alderman, Alderman Roznowski of the 6th district will join a group he deserves to be in and one he will make a difference in as well. Let’s get some work done.