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Timmy Knudsen sworn in as new 43rd Ward alderman after Chicago City Council confirms his appointment

CHICAGO (CBS) — Timmy Knudsen was sworn in Wednesday as the new alderman of Chicago’s 43rd Ward, after the City Council overwhelmingly accepted Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s choice to exchange the just lately retired Michele Smith.

Knudsen, 32, turns into the youngest member of the City Council, drawing a joking expression of regret from Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa (thirty third), who was beforehand the youngest member of the council.

“The day that I feared has come,” Ramirez-Rosa stated.

Knudsen can be the sixth member of the council’s LGBT Caucus, and is the primary brazenly homosexual alderperson for the 43rd Ward, which incorporates components of the Gold Coast, Lincoln Park, and Old Town neighborhoods.

After being sworn in, Knudsen instructed aldermen he’s “someone who has a proven track record of bringing private sector results into public service.”

Lightfoot picked Knudsen from amongst 17 candidates who utilized to exchange Smith, who stepped down on Aug. 12, after representing components of the Gold Coast, Lincoln Park, and Old Town for the previous 11 years.

“Timmy Knudsen has singled himself out as an exceptional leader in the 43rd ward community,” Lightfoot stated in an announcement asserting his appointment on Monday. “His passion for connecting with his neighbors and encouraging hope, energy, and opportunity for Chicago residents makes him uniquely situated to serve as Alderman. Timmy is deeply connected to the needs of 43rd ward residents and has the skills to communicate effectively, lean on the expertise of trusted messengers without ego, and encourage civic engagement. I look forward to working with him as he takes on this new role and thank the 43rd Ward Selection Committee for their hard work.”

Lightfoot had appointed Knudsen as chair of the Zoning Board of Appeals in 2020. He’s additionally an lawyer with the legislation agency Croke Fairchild Morgan & Beres, however has been on go away from the legislation agency since July, when he utilized as a candidate to exchange Smith on the City Council. Knudsen has stated he’ll resign from the Zoning Board of Appeals after taking office as an alderman.

Knudsen has already filed paperwork organizing a marketing campaign committee to run for a full time period in 2023, so he could have the benefit of working as an incumbent in the February 2023 election.

Smith was one in every of 15 alderpersons elected in 2019 who’ve both already stepped down in the center of their time period, or introduced they will not be working for re-election subsequent year, organising a serious makeover for the City Council in 2023.

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