Candidate Statement from Alderman Pat Dowell
2019 Chicago Election Guide: Pat Dowell — Pat Dowell gives a two-minute statement as part of WTTW’s 2019 Voters’ Guide.
A Trusted, Proven Leader
With extensive experience in community development and civic engagement, Pat Dowell was elected Alderman of the Third Ward of Chicago in 2007. She has remained committed to building every part of her community block by block, making sure that all the constituent of the 3rd Ward have access to quality school options, safe neighborhoods, and thriving businesses.
Alderman Dowell is the proud mother of an adult son and a longtime Bronzeville resident. As a college basketball star, she earned her bachelor’s degree in Developmental Psychology from The University of Rochester and her master’s degree in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago. Dowell owns a scrappy Yorkshire Terrier named Toots and is an avid Bulls Fan. While she enjoys reading, cooking and traveling – what she is truly passionate about is helping to serve the needs of her constituents as Alderman.
Focused on our Community
Since being elected in 2007, Alderman Dowell has been consistently focused on constituent engagement, community-based development, and transparency. Alderman Dowell maintains a regular presence throughout the Third Ward’s diverse communities to ensure everyone’s interests are represented. She hosts and attends monthly public meetings, holds a no appointment Ward night weekly on Thursdays (6pm -8pm), and constantly responds to constituent concerns over social media.
Additionally, Alderman Dowell distributes a monthly newsletter to keep people informed about the resources, initiatives and events related to the Third Ward community. She understands that this level of engagement helps guide and shape the decisions she makes for the benefit of the residents of the Third Ward and City of Chicago.
The 3rd Aldermanic Ward of Chicago
About the 3rd Ward
The 3rd Ward is a diverse community covering the neighborhoods of Bronzeville, Washington Park, Fuller Park and the South Loop. Rich in history and booming with development, the 3rd Ward embodies the soul and spirit of Chicago. From vibrant entertainment districts in the South Loop, Motor Row, 35th St. and 47th St., to the center of the "Black Metropolis" along historic King Drive, to the numerous large tree-lined parks that dot the area, the 3rd Ward is truly the best place to live, work and raise a family.
Landmarks & Events
The 3rd Ward is home to Wintrust Arena, the annual Bud Billiken Parade, the Glessner House Museum, the Illinois Institute of Technology, the Clarke House Museum, the Garfield Blvd. Arts Block, the future site of the Gospel Music Museum at Pilgrim Baptist Church, Provident Hospital, the original Chicago Bee and Chicago Defender buildings, the South Side Community Arts Center, and the recently rehabbed historic landmark Rosenwald Courts Apartments - once home to some of the greatest figures in American history like Jesse Owens, Duke Ellington, Lorraine Hansberry, Joe Louis, and Quincy Jones.
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Sun, Feb. 24: 10 am-4 pm
Mon, Feb. 25: 9 am-5 pm
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From infrastructure and development to education and parks to community engagement, service and legislation, Alderman Pat Dowell has and will continue to serve the 3rd Ward of Chicago with vision, integrity and a passion for justice.