John Garrido Wants to be Your 45th Ward Alderman

-By Warner Todd Huston

John Garrido is currently a Chicago Policeman but he wants to be your 45th Ward Alderman. He is running against long-time Alderman Pat Levar. (Skip to the bottom of this entry to see his current schedule of appearances)

Garrido’s basic platform is as follows:

  • Actually read city ordinances and raise common sense questions before voting on them;
  • Demand resources for public safety by properly staffing and equipping the Chicago Police and Fire Departments;
  • Speak out against selling off any more of our precious assets like they did with our parking meters and the skyway;
  • Be an advocate for small businesses who can bring jobs and revenue to our neighborhoods;
  • Never vote for a tax increase, but instead demand we properly manage our resources;
  • Welcome citizen interaction and work closely with neighborhood associations to rebuild and develop our Ward.

Here is an interview with Garrido that was posted at

Garrido will be at several events in the coming days:

First, please be aware that Tuesday, January 25, 2011, is the last day to register for the February 22nd Elections. If you or your family members, friends, or neighbors, still need to register to vote, please do so! Every vote counts! You can find complete information about registering to vote as well as checking your registration status and polling place at the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners website at:

Also, we have several events this week where you can Meet & Greet John Garrido, including:

• Bingo! Meet & Greet – Tuesday, January 25th, from 7:30-8:30 PM at Mr. G’s Diner, 4801 N. Austin Ave., Chicago 60646

• 45th Ward Candidate Forum – Wednesday, January 26th, from 6:00-9:00 PM at the Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence Ave., Chicago 60630

• FREE SHOWING of the original The Blues Brothers – Friday, January 28th, from 7:00-10:30 PM at the Portage Theater, 4050 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago 60630.

As the campaign progresses, there will be more an more events, more work, and more — dare we say — fun! So at the very least stay tuned, please help spread the word, and feel free to join TEAM GARRIDO!

For info:
Citizens for John Garrido
Candidate for 45th Ward Alderman

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Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago based freelance writer. He has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and before that he wrote articles on U.S. history for several small American magazines. His political columns are featured on many websites such as Andrew Breitbart’s,, and, as well as,,,,, among many, many others. Mr. Huston is also endlessly amused that one of his articles formed the basis of an article in Germany’s Der Spiegel Magazine in 2008.

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