One on One with 1st District Congressional Candidate Jonathan Swain

Congressional Candidate for the 1st District, Jonathan T. Swain is known as a strategic thinker driven to solve problems, specifically those that affect underrepresented families and communities.  He believes his background, experience, and political philosophy make him ready to represent the Illinois 1st District in Washington.

Jonathan has years of service in various leadership roles including serving as Chairman, City of Chicago Zoning Board of Appeals; President of the Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce; Commissioner, City of Chicago Board of Elections; Deputy Commissioner for Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs, City of Chicago Department of Planning and Development; Chief of Staff to Aldermen Terry Peterson and Latasha R. Thomas; Assistant to Mayor Richard M. Daley; and Executive Director and Director of Community Development, The Beloved Community/Faith Community of Saint Sabina. He is also the former Commissioner of Chicago’s Board of Elections where he led outreach to Black communities throughout the city to reach new and younger voters, inform them about early voting, and empower them to use their voices.

Swain also co-founded the Black Bench, which prepares Black millennials to enter politics and government.  He is currently the President and CEO of LINK Unlimited Scholars, a nonprofit that works to see high-performing black students pursue success through higher education.

Jonathan is also an entrepreneur and a small business owner. He is responsible for founding multiple events and festivals to serve south side communities, including the Hyde Park Summer Fest. Jonathan is also the owner of the Hyde Park community staple and retail business, Kimbark Beverage Shoppe, which has been in his family for two generations.

The Chicago Defender spoke with Jonathan Swain about his experience, his thoughts on important issues, and why he believes he’s the best candidate for the 1st District.


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