Candidate Martin Arteaga Promises to Bring Change to 23rd Ward

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By: Ashmar Mandou

Martin Arteaga wants everyone in the 23rd ward to know he is the one to bring an abundant amount of change and opportunities to residents. “I grew up in this community. I love this community and I know what this community is lacking when it comes to resources for our residents,” said Candidate for Alderman of the 23rd Ward Martin Arteaga. “I have the passion and the motivation to get things done.”

Arteaga, a 23 year resident of the Southwest side, was born and raised in Pilsen. Arteaga’s parents immigrated to the United States from Mexico during the 60s and soon after became union workers. At the age of 14, Arteaga moved to the 23rd Ward. At a very young age Arteaga’s parents instilled in him the value of hard work and the importance of seeking higher education. After graduating from Benito Juarez High School, Arteaga went on to attend DePaul University. In 1999, Arteaga earned a fellow for Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) and interned on Capitol Hill. In 2000, he received his B.A. in Political Science from DePaul University.

“Education is so important to me and really the key element for moving a community forward,” said Arteaga. “We deserve more in the 23rd ward and that is why I decided to run for Alderman.” We phoned Arteaga who spoke about his central issues.


I believe that every child deserves quality public education. As a product of the Chicago public schools, I know firsthand that our neighborhood schools need to be well funded and high performing to strengthen our southwest Chicago community. I believe in a moratorium on Charter School expansion so people can explore how these Charter schools are affecting our neighborhood schools.


I want to bring public and private partnerships to the midway and southwest community. Currently, the 23rd ward is plagued by vacant and underdeveloped properties. I want to use current TIF money to rejuvenate the Archer Avenue Business district with parking, renovations, and family friendly businesses. I want to bring a plethora of businesses the way O’Hare International Airport has attracted businesses. I pledge to bring development to the Midway Airport area which will create jobs and much needed revenue. If you would like to learn more about Aldermanic Candidate for the 23rd Ward Martin Arteaga, visit

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