The Garden Party Candidate
I’m Matthew Roney
Matthew Roney is a twenty-year-old political science student at DePaul University. He originally moved to Chicago to pursue a career in medicine. However, after working in a pharmacy for two years, Matt became appalled by the fact that many of his customers could not afford their medications. Realizing that this was one of many issues many people had to deal with along with other social and economic problems, Matt realized that a career in healthcare was no longer a viable career path for him. He decided to adventure out and see how he could possibly make a difference. During this time frame he got an internship at his local Alderman’s office; traveled throughout Latin America and got more involved in politics and public policy. Matt will be finishing his undergraduate studies at Depaul University this year and he intents to go onto law school in the near future. Matt has interacted with hundreds of people and witnessed the negative impact that government policies have had on our citizens firsthand. Matt realized that the city of Chicago needs lasting, systematic change, and his vision for what our city
should look like is what drove him to run for mayor of Chicago.
Matthew loves Chicago, but he hates the way our city is managed. In order to bring lasting, systematic change to our city, Matt founded a new political called, “The Garden Party” in order to turn his policies into priorities on the city’s agenda.
With his bold leadership and comprehensive new strategy that is designed to advance our collective interests- housing, education, economic development, wellness, culture, and public safety- Matt has been attending community events, and meeting with community leaders around Chicago to address the socioeconomic conditions of our neighborhoods. We support Matt’s vision to turn “The Second City” into “The Magnet City” and we believe that his leadership will unite all racial and ethnic communities around common interests in order to transform Chicago into an attractive, healthy, family-friendly city whose residents are empowered and fully engaged in its sustainability and growth.
From Matthew Roney
I’m Matthew Roney, and I’m running for Mayor of Chicago because I can see what’s possible— Chicago can become an attractive, healthy, family-friendly city whose residents are empowered and fully engaged in its sustainability and growth. As a Certified Pharmaceutical Technician and political science student at DePaul University, I am trained to overcome the obstacles of bias and see problems for what they truly are, then find the best solution to address them. I will apply this approach by promoting a progressive policy agenda that will unite all racial and ethnic communities around common interests: housing, education, economic development, wellness, culture, and public safety.
Rahm Emanuel is out of touch with Chicagoans, who know that we need to address our gun violence epidemic by fighting poverty, discrimination, and racism instead of spending $95 million to build a police academy in West Garfield Park. Rahm’s policies do not reflect what our priorities should be, which includes fighting for public education and investing crucial resources in communities of color on the South and West Side of Chicago.
I am committed to transforming Chicago into an attractive, healthy, family- friendly city whose residents are empowered and fully engaged in its sustainability and growth. In order to accomplish this, I intend to work with community organizations, grassroots activists, pastors, unions, and institutions to address socioeconomic inequality, because there is a growing disparity between downtown’s affluence and the neighborhoods’ decline.
As a certified pharmaceutical technician, I recommend that we finally give our neighborhoods the medication that they need: We must invest in our communities by implementing policies that are designed to help Chicagoans get access to better-paying jobs, and access to crucial funding for neighborhood development and community enrichment. Together, we will improve the conditions of our neighborhoods and turn “The Second City” into “The Magnet City”. By prioritizing stakeholders over shareholders we will attract high-paying jobs, opportunity, and industry to our city. Once we shift our priorities away from The Loop, and invest in people, politicians will no longer have to offer companies like Amazon 2.3 billion dollars to come here; they would already know that the Second City should be their second home.
In order to accomplish this, I have created a new political party called “The Garden Party” because everything that I want to do is designed to help Chicagoans grow and flourish by helping them get access to better-paying jobs, and access to crucial funding that is needed for neighborhood development and community enrichment.