Experienced Community Leader Announces Run for 39th Ward Alderman
01/12/2018Chicago IL,January 12, 2018: Casey Smagala has been community leader in the Northwest Side since he moved to Chicago in 2008. After a decade of volunteering in neighborhoods all across the 39th Ward, he’s now taking a run for the council seat.
“I’m running for Alderman because we need new leadership to reshape a city that works for everyone. That includes the under-resourced kids I work for at the Albany Park Community Center, middle class families living in every corner of our communities, and business leaders on Lawrence Ave, Bryn Mawr, Devon. A city that works fully funds its public schools, trains and trusts its police offices to handle every situation, balances its budget, and takes care of the smallest city services with great detail.”
Smagala moved the 39th Ward in 2008 to earn a degree and play football at North Park University. He earned a degree in politics with a focus on urban planning, was elected President of his student body, captain of the football team, and became actively involved in economic and community development projects. He organized the Taste of Albany Park for students and residents to sample food from local independent businesses.
After graduation, Casey went to work for the under- and unemployed people in our community at the Albany Park Community Center (APCC). He helped managed a million-dollar grant to train community members for in-demand jobs. He now serves as the Director of Individual Giving and Community Engagement for APCC where he helps raise funds for their kids, parents, and programs. It’s a position he’s held for more than five years and is deeply passionate about.!
In addition to his full-time position at APCC, Casey is an active civic leader and volunteer in neighborhoods across the 39th Ward. He served on the Board of Directors for the North River Commission for four years, focusing on economic development and education issues in the Northwest Side. He’s been elected twice to the Local School Council at Roosevelt High School as Community Representative, where he’s forming their Friends Of fundraising group and Advisory Council to their Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the The Well of Mercy, a women's shelter for mothers and their children. He’s an active member of the Queen of All Saints Men’s club in Sauganash and volunteers many summer mornings at the farmer’s market in Edgebook. He helped form and plan the Albany Park World Fest and Bikes, Bites, & Brews Fest in Mayfair.
Smagala says, “Our campaign is not about forming a long career in politics for me.! It’s about kids and parents at Palmer school getting the playground they deserve. It’s about small business getting the city services they were promised from the city. It’s about stopping nickel and dime taxes driving families out of Chicago. It’s about families feeling safe to let their kids play in our streets and parks.” He asks of every person in the 39th Ward, “Let me go to work for you!”