Jonathan T. Swain Files Campaign Petitions for Illinois’ 1st Congressional District – The Southland Journal
Jonathan T. Swain Files Campaign Petitions for Illinois’ 1st Congressional District (Chicago, Ill.) — Today, Jonathan T. Swain filed petitions with 2,000 signatures to be officially registered as a Democrat for Illinois’ 1st congressional district. A seasoned leader in the public, private and nonprofit sectors, Swain has spent decades working to address the challenges faced by Chicago’s underserved communities, including in his most recent role as President and Chief Executive Officer. management of LINK Unlimited Scholars. His deep experience and connections to South Chicago make him uniquely qualified to serve the residents of the 1st Congressional District.
“I am grateful to the supporters who have worked alongside me to collect signatures over the past few weeks and am deeply moved by the response we have had throughout the First District to help us reach this exciting milestone,” said Jonathan T. Swain. “Since launching this campaign, I have met people across the district and shared my vision to uplift our communities and create opportunity for everyone, a vision I have built over my decades. life, work and family upbringing on the south side. I look forward to continuing to share my message in the communities of the district during the primary.”
After launching his candidacy for the seat, Swain announced he had raised $200,000, giving the first-time candidate a head start in a crowded field. The campaign also expects to finish this quarter strong by the March 31 deadline.
Swain helps young black Chicagoans reach their potential
In his role as President and CEO of LINK Unlimited Scholars – a nonprofit organization with more than 50 years of experience recruiting high-potential young Black people to Chicago, across and beyond the university – Swain works for black success through education. He is also the owner of Hyde Park’s community staple and retail business, Kimbark Beverage Shoppe, which has been in his family for two generations and was President of the Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce. He was recognized by Crain’s Chicago Business as a Notable Black Leader and Leader in 2021 and is responsible for creating several events and festivals to serve South Side communities, including Hyde Park Summer Fest, one of the largest community festivals.
Born and raised in South Chicago, Swain was inspired to share his knowledge and time with the next generation to help them become leaders in our city and ready to take on this role and all of its responsibilities. This inspired him to co-found Black Bench Chicago, which prepares the next generation of Chicago leaders to enter politics and government. In his previous role as commissioner of the Chicago Board of Elections, Swain led outreach to black communities across the city to reach new, younger voters, educate them about early voting and help them use their voice. He has dedicated years of service to the City of Chicago in a variety of roles, including as Chairman of the Chicago Zoning Appeals Board, Deputy Commissioner of the City of Chicago Department of Planning and Development, the community of Auburn Gresham and Mayor Richard’s administration. Mr Daley.
For more information, visit www.swain4us.com.
About Jonathan T. Swain
Jonathan T. Swain is a small business owner, community leader, and South Side native running for Illinois’ 1st congressional district. Swain most recently served as President and CEO of LINK Unlimited Scholars and has dedicated years of service to the City of Chicago in a variety of roles including the Chicago Board of Elections, Chicago Zoning Board of Appeals, Chicago Department of Planning and Development and in the administration of Mayor Richard M. Daley. He is the owner of Hyde Park’s landmark Kimbark Beverage Shoppe and founder of the Hyde Park Summer Fest, one of the biggest festivals in the community. Swain holds an undergraduate degree from Duke University in Economics and African American Studies, a law degree from Northwestern University, and an MBA, with a focus on entrepreneurship and management. Strategy, University of Chicago. He resides in Hyde Park with his wife and children.
Jonathan T. Swain Files Campaign Petitions for Illinois’ 1st Congressional District