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West Side Ald. Jason Ervin Unopposed For 4th Term After All 3 Challengers Kicked Off Ballot

Two candidates did not have enough valid signatures to qualify for the race, and a third withdrew.

Ald. Jason Ervin (28th) speaks at a City Council meeting on March 23, 2022.
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AUSTIN — Ald. Jason Ervin (28th) will likely serve a fourth City Council term after all three of his challengers were removed from the ballot. 

Candidates Beverly Miles and Shawn Walker lost their spots on the ballot this month after elections officials determined none had enough valid signatures to qualify for the race. A third challenger, Timothy Gladney, withdrew as he faced a challenge to his candidacy.

Ervin was appointed by former Mayor Richard Daley in January 2011. He easily won his first term later that year, was unopposed in 2015 and won in 2019.

The ward 28th Ward includes parts of Austin, East Garfield Park, West Garfield Park, Pilsen, Little Village, Little Italy and the West Loop.

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Ervin’s top priorities are improving education, keeping families safe and economic development, according to his website. He did not reply to requests for comment.

Ervin is the chair of City Council’s Black Caucus and serves on eight committees, including Human Relations, Budget and Government Operations and Finance, among others. 

Before Ervin was alderman, he served on the local school council at Tilton Elementary School and Westinghouse Career Academy.

Alds. Brian Hopkins (2nd), Pat Dowell (3rd), Greg Mitchell (7th), David Moore (17th), Walter Burnett (27th), Scott Waguespack (32nd), Carlos Ramirez-Rosa (35th), Brendan Reilly (42nd) and Matt Martin (47th) also face no challengers in February’s election.

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