longtime owner of several counterculture stores in Chicago's Lakeview
neighborhood says he plans to challenge Ald. Tom Tunney (44th) in 2015 and will formally launch his campaign for alderman Tuesday
Mark Thomas, owner of The Alley and Taboo Tabou near Belmont Avenue and Clark Street, has also launched a website, "We the People 44", that allows residents to share their thoughts, news and concerns about the neighborhood.
want them to be part of my decision-making process," Thomas told
DNAinfo Chicago. "I’m calling it hyperlocal democracy. I think that’s
what makes me really different from everyone else in the office."
and business owners in the area would be able vote on various
community issues. If elected as alderman, Thomas said he would take the
votes into account when making decisions.
think that I represent a different way of elected or potentially
elected people communicating with their residents," Thomas added. "I
think this is the future of politics in America."