Aja: Public Safety = Public Responsibility
Aja stands strong against crime. She has coordinated meetings with citizens to meet with State and Local authorities to help curb crime. Since the 6th Ward has one of the largest concentrations of small businesses in the City, it is imperative customers have a safe place to support community growth and development.
Aja is a wife and a mother who understands the importance of family and the need for a safe community. Residents should not be victimized by crime and live in poverty. In addition, she supports the City of Chicago providing funds to assist block club members with Ring doorbell cameras in hopes of curbing crime.
A synergistic effort in our community is needed when it comes to public safety. Aja believes that we need to be our neighbor’s keeper. Holding law enforcement accountable for our protection and safety is just as important as working together to protect our community and neighborhoods. Aja understands what it means to have a safe place to call home, a safe community for our children and safer streets for our businesses to thrive.
Aja is a willing servant to her community. She is a strong advocate for residents having access to city services. Transparency is paramount in gaining the trust and support of our residents. Aja will work to make sure her office is responsive to constituent requests and access to city services for both residents and business owners. Aja is willing to roll up her sleeves and do the work that needs to be done for the residents of the 6th ward.
Aja: Advocate for Education
As a parent of a Chicago Public School student, Aja sees the challenges teachers face first-hand. Having a private school education, Aja understood the importance of her child attending public school because the access to resources is vast in comparison to a private school education. Aja is an advocate of education, she is an active member of the local school council at Amelia Earhart S.T.E.A.M. Elementary School and a concerned parent of the PAC. Chicago Public Schools are challenged with classroom size, poverty, and safety factors that include both the teachers and the students. Aja believes that it takes a village to raise a child, which means raising our children is the responsibility of not only parents but our community as well.
She understands and appreciates the need for job protections which can be achieved by experience and education. Quality paying jobs, safe communities and community based schools which are fully funded are just a few ways we can curb crime in Chicago. Aja knows from her years of experience that it will take a strong community to see change.
Aja: Labor - An Advocate for Working-Class Families
Aja grew up in a working-class home. Her father was a butcher for over 30 years and a proud member of the UFCW. His participation in organized labor has had a lasting effect on the support her family has received. Aja, herself, was an executive board member for AFSCME Local 1767 while working for the Cook County Public Defender’s Office and SEIU while working for Cook County’s Department of Facilities Management. Firsthand, Aja understands the importance of organized labor and its role in protecting the rights and equality of workers.
Aja will continue to support and fight for working-class families. She is an advocate for the rights of workers to organize.