Glenda Franklin is running for Alderman because she believes it is time for Chicago’s 17th Ward to have a NEW NORMAL – a future where children can walk to the best schools and ...play where they live without fear, where families have ample opportunities to support themselves, and where businesses thrive through fair and supportive economic policies. The NEW NORMAL means bridging the gap between South Side and the rest of Chicago, and finally achieving the parity in quality of life our great city has long promised.
Glenda is currently the Founder and Executive Director of W.A.T.C.H. (What About The Children Here), a nonprofit dedicated to transforming youth into productive citizens throughout the Englewood & Auburn Gresham communities. Glenda has helped hundreds of youth begin their professional careers through partnerships with local and national companies such as Bank America, Department of Children Family Services, Greater Auburn Gresham Development Corporation and SOS Children Villages of Illinois.
Glenda has served the 17th Ward as Staff Assistant to the Alderman’s office, where she fought urban decay by forcing banks and slum landlords to renovate their abandoned buildings. As the Secretary of the 17th Ward Democratic Organization, Glenda has also helped bring our community together through successful events like the Christmas in Englewood Toy Giveaway, the Senior Luncheon, and the Southside Gospel Festival.
Glenda is a native of Chicago’s Englewood community and is a proud mother of three sons. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and is a Master’s candidate of Public Administration. Glenda is also an active and lifelong member in the Faith Community of Saint Sabina. See More
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