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New 44th Alderman Bennett Lawson Shares Survey To Connect With Lakeview Neighbors

Lawson, who will succeed longtime Ald. Tom Tunney, is already gathering feedback from people who live, work or own a business in Lakeview.

Alderman-elect Bennett Lawson passed out pamphlets advertising the 44th Ward's email newsletter, where he'll continue sharing weekly updates with constituents.
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LAKEVIEW — Alderman-elect Bennett Lawson wants to know what’s important to Lakeview neighbors before his term begins in May.

Lawson, who ran unopposed to succeed Ald. Tom Tunney as 44th Ward alderman, has launched a survey for neighbors to share their concerns, favorite things and priorities for Lakeview.

Anyone who lives, works or owns a business in the neighborhood can respond to the online survey, which closes when Lawson’s term begins May 15.

“As part of the transition, it is important to me that I understand what is most important to the people of the 44th Ward,” Lawson said in a message shared through Tunney’s weekly newsletter. “I want to know what you care about most, what you like about Lakeview and what you think we can do better.”

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Lawson has served as Tunney’s chief of staff since 2007. Before that, he worked as the ward’s director of community outreach.

Lawson worked as Sen. Carol Ronen’s district director before joining Tunney’s office, according to his campaign website.

Lawson has helped with developments like the Lakeview Whole Foods and Mariano’s stores, according to his campaign website. He also works closely with the police district on crime prevention strategies.

Lawson’s used the role to support Chicago’s LGBTQ community, assisting with projects like the Center on Halsted’s construction, the redevelopment of the old Town Hall Police Station into an LGBTQ senior living facility and the construction of Howard Brown Health’s health clinic in the nearby 46th Ward.

“As a career public servant, I bring experience, knowledge and relationships that will allow me to get things done here in Lakeview,” Lawson said. “I am dedicated to advancing safety, balanced development, quality public education and inclusivity and transparency in government.”

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Bennett Lawson (left) will replace retiring 44th Ward Ald. Tom Tunney in May.

As alderman, public safety will be among Lawson’s top concerns, he told Block Club the morning after he was elected.

Lawson also plans to establish multiple committees in the ward, including a Safe Streets Council that will recommend pedestrian and bike safety improvements, a neighborhood development council and an arts, parks and green council, he said.

“I look forward to serving as your alderman, and I hope that together we can continue the work of making Lakeview a better place for all the members of our community,” Lawson said.

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