Ald. Nicholas Sposato to run for reelection in Chicago’s 38th Ward

Nicholas Sposato, currently alderman of the 36th Ward, plans to run for alderman in the 38th Ward. His original ward was shifted due to remapping in 2012. | David Pollard/Sun-Times Media
Nicholas Sposato, currently alderman of the 36th Ward, plans to run for alderman in the 38th Ward. His original ward was shifted due to remapping in 2012. | David Pollard/Sun-Times Media

The redrawing of Chicago’s aldermanic wards helped some politicians while hurting others, but Ald. Nicholas Sposato chose to make lemons into lemonade.

Sposato, who has been alderman of the 36th Ward since 2011, said he plans to formally announce on Aug. 5 that he is running for alderman of the 38th Ward. His home is now within that ward, and he believes he has the support of the community there.

The remap in 2012 shifted Sposato’s 36th Ward to a much different area than the one he was elected to serve. His original ward contained much of Galewood, Mont Clare and Belmont Heights; the new ward contains pieces of Mont Clare but shifts the ward eastward to cover the primarily Latino Belmont-Cragin area.

“It took 80 percent away from me,” he said.

Tim Cullerton, alderman of 38th Ward, plans to retire from the position and not run for re-election. Sposato said he wants a chance to build on what he’s been doing for the last four years.

“I enjoy helping people,” he said. “I want to take it to another level.”

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