Ameya Pawar, 36 years old, was born and raised in Chicago, and returned there to start his political career. First elected in 2011, Pawar serves on the Chicago City Council is currently the Chicago Alderman. He is both the first Indian-American and Asian-American to serve on the Chicago City Council.
Pawar has recently become a leading voice in opposing Donald Trump. On May 18th, he called for Trump’s impeachment following revelations that Trump may have obstructed justice in the FBI’s investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
He was appointed to the statewide Innovation Commission by Illinois Governor Patrick Quinn in 2011, and in 2012 he served as a surrogate for President Barack Obama’s reelection campaign.
Pawar isn’t afraid to pen op-eds when he’s passionate about an issue. One example was an interesting policy twist on the Second Amendment, where he advocated for mandating gun owners purchase Gun Liability Insurance.
Not only would this cut down on “straw sales,” or sales not through a licensed vendor; it would also begin to hold gun owners accountable for any accidents, negligence or malicious activities with their firearms.
Additionally, the mandating of insurance would make gun sales more trackable, and may discourage some folks from purchasing guns in the first place. The data is pretty clear – when there are fewer guns, there are also fewer gun injuries.
A strong progressive, Pawar participated in the Chicago Pride festivities in June, and wasn’t afraid to comment on the anti-Semitic incident at the Chicago Dyke March.
Pawar shared a link to an article explaining the situation, and then posted a statement on his Facebook page. Short and sweet:
This was wrong. This never should have happened. It makes me sad that people were hurt and turned into ‘the other’ during a weekend we celebrate inclusivity, love, and our common humanity.
Standing up for the rights of all, especially during an event that was intersectional and “inclusive” seems like a no-brainer, and it’s good to see Pawar thinks so as well.
Pawar’s election is in 2018, and he’s running on a strong progressive platform of imposing a graduated income tax or a higher tax on millionaires without cutting social programs.
His proposal stands in pretty stark opposition to the incumbent, Governor Bruce Rauner, a former equity investor, who pumped a cool $50 million into his own campaign. Something tells me that Rauner probably wouldn’t agree with Pawar’s proposal, but that’s just a hunch.