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Alum Aida Flores, Educator, Running for 25th Ward Alderman She faces four candidates in Feb. 26 race to succeed Alderman Danny Solis

Chicago’s 25th Ward has gotten a deluge of publicity lately with news about outgoing Alderman Danny Solis. Solis recently resigned as chairman of the city council’s Zoning Committee after the Chicago Sun-Times reported that federal prosecutors have prepared a document outlining wrongdoing and corruption on his part.

Months ago, however, Solis announced he would not run for office again, and one National Louis University alum, Aida Flores ’10, and four other challengers stepped up to run for the 25th ward alderman’s seat. Gazette Chicago has the details.

Flores earned her Master of Arts in Teaching degree in Secondary Education from NLU in 2010. According to her LinkedIn profile, she most recently worked as principal at Irene C. Hernandez Middle School in Chicago. Prior to that, she served as assistant principal at Otis Elementary School and Kelvyn Park School and resident principal at Von Steuben High School, according to the LinkedIn profile.

According to Gazette Chicago, Flores holds a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University and a master’s in education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in addition to her NLU degree. The newspaper also said, ” In her career, Flores has served as a history teacher, founded a dual language academy in Boston, and upgraded a struggling high school in Chicago from Level 3 (the lowest possible rating) to Level 2 in a single school year.”

Flores’ website says she grew up in Chicago and became a mother at age 14 but went on to become her high school’s first student to earn the Bill Gates Millennium Scholarship and graduated high school with distinction.

“I am an example of redefining what a statistic should look like and demonstrating what is possible when a child has a village to nurture and support her,” she said.

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