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Ald. David Moore Will Run Unopposed For Third Term Representing South Side’s 17th Ward

Moore was a key leader in the push to rename Lake Shore Drive. This is the first time he'll run unopposed.

Ald. David Moore (17th) speaks at a City Council meeting on March 23, 2022.
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AUBURN GRESHAM — Ald. David Moore (17th) will run unopposed for his City Council seat in 2023, likely securing a third term as alderman.

Moore will represent parts of Auburn Gresham, Englewood, Marquette Park and Chicago Lawn under the new ward map

Moore was the only candidate to submit nominating signatures for the 17th Ward race, according to the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners. Alds. Brian Hopkins (2nd), Walter Burnett Jr. (27th), Matt Martin (47th) and Scott Waguespack (32nd) are also running unopposed. 

Moore first won the 17th ward seat in 2015, beating two other candidates hoping to take then-Ald. Latasha Thomas’ seat after she served four years in office. He won again in 2019 against patient care facilitator Raynetta Greenleaf

Moore did not immediately respond to requests for comment. 

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Ald. David Moore (17th) speaks with Ald. Anthony Beale (9th) at a City Council meeting on Sept. 14, 2021.

Moore, alongside the group Black Heroes Matter, was a prominent voice in the renaming of Lake Shore Drive, introducing the ordinance to change the name to Jean Baptiste Point DuSable Drive in October 2019.

City officials voted to rename the 17-mile stretch after the city’s founder in June 2021, officially changing it to Jean Baptiste DuSable Lake Shore Drive after months of heated debates. 

In Auburn Gresham, a number of businesses shockingly closed under Moore’s tenure, including a Save-A-Lot grocery store, CVS pharmacy and a Bank of America. 

In June, an Aldi closed unexpectedly, removing a low-cost option for fresh food in the community. Neighbors weren’t told the grocer was closing and only found out after seeing the store boarded up with a “closed” banner along the side. 

At the time, Moore told the Sun-Times the store’s lease lasted until the end of the year, and the location had recently received a liquor license. Moore joined Ald. Raymond Lopez (15) to introduce a City Council resolution “to examine the failure of the city of Chicago food access policies to meet the needs of underserved residents” in June following the closure of the Aldi and an Englewood Whole Foods

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Community leaders gathered Friday to celebrate the grand opening of the Healthy Lifestyle Hub, 839 W. 79th St.

But developments in Auburn Gresham have received key support from Moore, including Auburn Gresham Apartments, a controversial $43 million affordable apartment complex on 79th Street created under Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s Invest South/West initiative. Several neighbors pushed back against the development for months, requesting neighborhood necessities such as a grocery store, pharmacy or bank. 

The Healthy Lifestyle Hub, led by community organization Greater Auburn Gresham Development Corporation, answered the call by bringing restaurants, a bank, a medical center and more to the community. The hub, which won the first $10 million Chicago Prize, opened its doors with Moore’s support in November

Yellow Banana, a Black-owned company that owns and operates stores under the Save-A-Lot name, received $13.5 million in tax-increment financing to lease and rehabilitate six grocery stores across the South and West sides, including the closed Auburn Gresham location.

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Auburn Park, a $35 million Metra station, will open in Auburn Gresham in 2024.

A $35 million Metra stop 16 years in the making will also open in Auburn Gresham as soon as 2024. Auburn Park Metra station will operate at 79th Street and Lowe Avenue across from a newly renovated Jamaican Jerk Villa.  

Moore ran for the secretary of state seat this year, hoping to fill the seat held by Jesse White for more than 20 years. He lost in the Democratic primary to general election winner Alexi Giannoulias

Moore’s former chief of staff, Sean Flynn, will challenge Ald. Michelle Harris (8th) in this year’s race. 

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