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Northwestern staff member elected the first Asian-American alderman in Chicago history

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

(Daily Northwestern) The Sun-Times called it a “surprise win.” A Huffington Post writer called it the “biggest upset of the Chicago elections.”

Ameya Pawar, a program assistant at Northwestern’s office of emergency management, made history on Tuesday when he was elected the first Asian-American alderman in Chicago history, defeating favorite Tom O’Donnell.Pawar narrowly avoided a runoff with 50.8 percent of the vote, while O’Donnell trailed with 43.5.

Even though he was the Chicago Tribune’s and Sun-Times’ endorsed candidate, Pawar, 30, didn’t expect to win — he didn’t even prepare an election-night party.

“I saw him later that election night and he genuinely didn’t think he was going to win,” said Tom Jacks, an NU student working towards a master’s degree in public policy and administration, who ran against Pawar.

Talking on WTTW’s Chicago Tonight the day after his win, Pawar said he received a congratulatory call from mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel, who lives in Pawar’s ward, the day after the elections. Pawar could not be reached for comment Thursday afternoon.

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