Shajan Kuriakose, 37 and currently a consultant at BMO Harris Bank, was born and raised on the north side of Chicago to the late Mathew Kuriakose, past president of the Indo-American Democratic Organization, and Marykutty Kuriakose.
Both his parents were extremely active in the South Asian community, helping over 230 people find jobs, creating numerous business opportunities for investors that is now providing them financial security, and hosting several people when they first arrived in the US, making sure they learned the language and got settled.
Shajan will also make economic development a top priority as a way to grow our community. “We should be capitalizing on our ward’s diversity. One idea is to work with stakeholders from the different communities to recruit festivals, summits, and other events to be hosted in our ward,” Kuriakose said.
Shajan’s campaign for Alderman has been endorsed by many organizations and individuals, including Jewish Chicago, the Indo-American Democratic Organization, the Asian American Action Fund of Greater Chicago, North Side Democracy for America, North Town News Magazine, Former 50th Ward Aldermanic Candidate Ahmed Khan, and most recently, the Chicago Tribune.
Zehra Quadri is the third candidate running for Alderman. Zehra was investigated by the Illinois State Board of Elections for carrying a negative balance on the last two quarterly reports that she may have not properly disclosed receipts, expenses, and/or outstanding debts related to brochure and signs.