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Mell Replacements Line Up for Alderman's Seat

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    Twelve Chicagoans want the job. Of course, State Rep. Deb Mell is the list. But the one name not on the list is Jaime Andrade, who had been Dick Mell's assistant. (Published Friday, Jul 12, 2013)

    The names of those who want to replace Dick Mell is out.

    Twelve Chicagoans want the job. Of course, State Rep. Deb Mell is the list.  But the one name not on the list is Jaime Andrade, who had been Dick Mell's assistant.

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    Already there's a theory working that Andrade will be the one to replace Deb Mell in the General Assembly.  Since Andrade is a Latino, and the 33rd Ward is now 51 percent Latino, that may appease those who want the new alderman to be Latino.

    Alonzo Rivas, with the Mexican American Legal and Educational Fund wants a meeting with Mayor Rahm Emanuel before the new alderman is chosen.  

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    Rivas says "It is a majority Latino ward, then we believe it is the best interest of the Latino community to pick a Latino candidate."

    The mayor has a 'blue ribbon' community vetting those who've applied, but it is his choice to pick Mell's successor.  He plans to choose from among these applicants

    The list includes:

    Robert F. Elrick
    Elizabeth Lynn Gomez
    Gretchen Carol Helmreich
    Jonathan Andrew Markel
    Deborah Lynn Mell
    Maellen Elizabeth Pittman-Fernandez
    Grace Troccolo Rink
    Edmund Joseph Sieracki
    Matthew Boyd Terry
    Andrew Amador Tinajero
    Annisa Michele Wanat
    Sergiusz Piotr Zgrzebski