“Monique Scott has been a dedicated and active member of the North Lawndale community for her entire life,” Lightfoot said in a statement. “There is no one better suited to lead the residents of the 24th Ward at this critical time for recovery and development. Furthermore, Monique has the resourcefulness and community connectedness to work across sectors to get things done.”
Lightfoot wants Scott’s appointment to be quickly approved by the City Council this week. A meeting of the Rules Committee has been scheduled for Tuesday afternoon, where Lightfoot will expect the committee to advance the nomination to the full City Council for final approval a day later.
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“I am honored to be chosen to represent the hardworking men and women of the 24th Ward,” Monique Scott said in a statement. “Building on the work of the previous alderman, I will strive to bring economic development and safety to my residents. At this crucial moment, I am excited to serve my community and make North Lawndale a better place for all.”
The appointment will also allow Scott to get a head start on potential campaign opponents ahead of the 2023 municipal election.
Scott edged out another finalist with political connections to a close Lightfoot ally. Trina Mangrum has served as chief of staff to Ald. Jason Ervin, 28th. Ervin and Michael Scott formed a deep bond on the City Council, evidenced by Ervin fighting back tears as he honored Scott’s retirement at the May City Council meeting.
On Monday, Ervin said he hadn’t been told of Lightfoot’s choice, but passing on Mangrum won’t lead to tension between the two. Ervin, who also chairs the City Council Black Caucus, has become a dependable ally to the first-term mayor.
“There’s no problem at all. I can support any of the individuals that were recommended by the committee,” he said.
The Scotts’ father, Michael Scott Sr., was a longtime ally of former Mayor Richard M. Daley who rose to become chair of the Chicago Board of Education before his death in 2009.
Monique Scott currently serves as a park supervisor at the Chicago Park District. Previously, she owned a clothing boutique and was a manager at UPS. She also serves as cheer coach for the Lawndale Eagles football team, according to the résumé she submitted to the city.
She is Lightfoot’s second aldermanic appointment, with more expected this year as several aldermen could retire ahead of the 2023 municipal election and five others are currently campaigning for other elected offices.
Lightfoot appointed Ald. Nicole Lee, 11th, to replace former Ald. Patrick Daley Thompson following his forced resignation after being found guilty of tax evasion and lying to federal authorities.
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