'I've Already Done It': 2nd District Candidate Anthony Beale Touts Political Experience

After 14 years as a Chicago alderman, Anthony Beale says he does not have to speak hypothetically about his leadership capabilities.

On Thursday, Jan. 24, I met with Ald. Anthony Beale at his campaign office on the South Side of Chicago.

Beale focused heavily on his experience as an alderman during the interview, citing past Chicago alderman who have gone on to become United States representatives. He drew on his 14-year history in his current role and used examples of his work in the city to convey what he would do for the 2nd District.

Visit Anthony Beale's candidate profile on Patch to watch the extended video of the interview.

Key Issues


Beale placed education squarely at the top of his list of important issues during our interview. He cited his determination to secure $32 million to upgrade Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory Academy as proof of his leadership skills in fighting for education.


Beale also connected his plan to bring jobs to the district to his experience as an alderman. Bringing Walmart to the 9th Ward led to more jobs, and Beale said he plans to do something similar for the South Suburbs, as well as Will and Kankakee County. He spoke in favor of the long-discussed Peotone airport, and said he would bring the counties together to make the perceived job-creator a reality.

Noteworthy Quotes

"Because I have a base in the city of Chicago, and so they want to scare the South Suburban area, that Anthony Beale is from the city. But at the same time, let's look at Congressman Gutierrez. He's a former alderman. Congressman Bobby Rush, former alderman. Congressman Danny Davis, former alderman. And soon, former Ald. Anthony Beale will be the congressman for the 2nd Congressional District." - On the divide between Chicago and the South Suburbs.

"They're basically stealing my platform because of what I'm able to bring to the table. No one else can say what they've done and have the experience that I have ... As I go this process and I educated, not only the community, I'm also educating the other 21 candidates." - On what separates him from the other candidates.

The Takeaway 

Anthony Beale is confident in his background and has used his track record to separate himself from the pack. 

It's always good to be hear examples of what a person has done to evoke positive change, and this is something several other candidates will be unable to replicate, giving Beale an advantage among some voters.

On the other hand, a track record also gives his opponents something to talk about. Beale bringing a big-box store like Walmart into his ward could be turned against him, especially in the small business-heavy suburban communities.

What do you think? Is Anthony Beale right to emphasize as an alderman, going into the election? Tell us in the comments!

NEXT: Patrick Brutus talks about his background in the public sector and why it makes him a strong congressional candidate.

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Dorenda M Clink February 07, 2013 at 07:02 PM
Oh and; his wife's a ghost payroller and his kid was unfairly given a full scholarship award through the state. yeah, just the kind of person we want in Congress...he ummm fits the bill.
Jai Drake February 09, 2013 at 11:10 PM
Let me just reply to your comments to say that Debbie Halvorson, Toi Hutchinson, are not even close to representing the issues of those of us who live in the City of Chicago in the 2nd Congressional District. I need someone elected who represents the needs and wants of ALL of us who live in the 2nd Congressional District, not just those of the South Suburbs! Maybe those of you who live in the South Suburbs take for granted things like having an easily accessible Target, Walmart and Grocery Stores, etc. Out of all 50 Chicago Aldermen-- the only one I can see that's doing anything for their constituents is Anthony Beale and Carrie Austin. I like being able to shop in my city and in my neighborhood without going out to the South Suburbs to do my shopping, and leaving those dollars in YOUR communities. I like seeing men of color working to build the new Walmarts and Targets going up in the the city, because that means that people are working who live where these stores are going up and money will be reinvested in the community. As for the part where you state Beale is a "career" Chicago Alderman. He was elected at the same time JLJ, Jr. was so the seat wasn't available. Did any of the other "candidates" express interest in the seat before now? The term for a Congressman is two years. I'd rather have someone who can go in "full speed ahead" & who can get through the D.C. "politics" to get things done, instead of cutting their teeth and getting familiar the 1st two years.
Jai Drake February 09, 2013 at 11:19 PM
Usually, one needs to know WHAT a candidate has DONE for their communitie(s) if they're going to vote for them. Beale had a very long list of accomplishments-- more than I can say of any other of the candidates that were present. Bringing a Walmart to the Far South Side of City of Chicago IS important! Bringing new jobs to the community IS important! Finding $32 million dollars to improve Brooks College Prep Selective Enrollment High School IS important, among other things he's done. None of the other candidates can say the same. I don't know about any one else, but I would certainly want to work with someone who can get things done.
Jai Drake February 09, 2013 at 11:22 PM
Leadership ability IS important as a freshman member of Congress. A Congressional term is only for two years. Instead of being busy getting acclimated and finding your way around the corridors of Congress, I'd rather have someone voted in who can get down to business right away on issues that matter to the 2nd CD.
Veronica February 22, 2013 at 11:20 PM
I must let the reading public know what transpired at the forum last night at St. John. A gentleman was troubled over an incident with his child. In his question he noted that he was having a problem etc. Anthony W. Williams offered to help him stating he didn't have to wait until being elected. No one else stood up to offer this man assistance until AFTER Anthony W. Williams, a true public servant, volunteered. Before casting your vote, please visit www.voteanthonywwilliams.com and compare the others to someone who does not remain silent on the issues, the candidate who will not be bought, the candidate who the majority of candidates said they would vote for if they themselves were not running, and the man who will bring the seat back to the people, Anthony W. Williams. brought pension tampering to light and 40k retirees got refunds, helped the late Rocky Clark keep insurance, Robbins library to stay open to the public, fought unfairness in jobs and contracts and against front companies. Will call for a moratorium on foreclosures and high energy costs, expungements for non violent felons and much more visit website and compare. This is who our votes should be cast for. A man who has been helping people in our district and people all over because he is a servant of the people. God bless you Mr. Anthony Williams. I hope all see your worth and the benefit of you in office. God bless


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