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From an initial field of 53 applicants, Natashia Holmes, a former policy advisor for the Illinois Department of Transportation, has been selected to become Chicago's newest alderman, the Chicago Sun-Times first reported.
Most recently, Holmes worked as a project manager in public outreach and government relations for Metro Strategies Inc., according to her LinkedIn profile.
In a statement, the mayor said Holmes "will bring professionalism and a strong sense of the needs of the community to the position."
Emanuel also described Chicago's newest alderman as "a clear break from the past and a new beginning" for the ward, ABC Chicago reports. Her only previous political experience is running once for a school board.
According to previous reports, a four-member mayor-appointed commission of community leaders was slated to help Emanuel choose Jackson's successor in a process the mayor repeatedly emphasized would be an open and transparent one.
Source: Black Voices