One on One with 1st District Congressional Candidate, Alderwoman Pat Dowell

Elected Alderman of the 3rd Ward in 2007, Pat Dowell has an extensive background in politics and public service.  She also serves as chair of the City Council Budget Committee.  As Alderman, she has worked to increase the number and strength of small businesses and develop economic opportunities for all. She passed the Vacant Land Ordinance, which became a model for national legislation; helped the nonprofit Black Fire Brigade secure a lease for $1 to build the next generation of black Chicago first responders, and was one of the primary architects of the Restoring Bronzeville Plan – which won the Burnham Award.

Ald. Dowell has served as a social worker, an administrator of several large and small not-for-profits, and a university instructor. She has an extensive background in urban planning and community development and civic engagement.  She is a former City Planner and Deputy Commissioner of Neighborhood Planning under former Chicago Mayors Harold Washington, Eugene Sawyer, and Richard Daley and was a catalyst for the rebirth of the historic Bronzeville community.

The Chicago Defender spoke with Alderwoman Dowell about her position on important issues facing the Black Community and why she believes she’s the best candidate for the 1st Congressional District of Illinois.

The Illinois primary is June 28, 2022, with the general election happening on November 8, 2022. The Chicago Defender encourages all readers to register and vote in the Primary and General Elections.  For more on Alderwoman Pat Dowell and her campaign, visit her website at

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