(WKBN) – Name: Denice Necie Neal-Davis
City of Residence: Youngstown
Party Affiliation: Democratic
Office Desired: 3rd Ward Council
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Why should you be elected
Experienced leadership, 28 years of public service in Chicago, Illinois. Started out in 1988 as an assistant to Alderman Helen Shiller in Chicago’s 46th Ward. In 1994 I was recruited by Congressman Bobby L. Rush, 1st Congressional District Chicago, Illinois, as his Director of Community Affairs. In 1996, Alderman Helen Shiller of the 46th Ward asked me to return as her Chief of Staff, where I remained until she retired in 2011. In February of 2015 I had the humbling experience to run for Alderman of the 46th Ward. In October of 2015 I returned home to Youngstown, Ohio, where I started getting involved with the election of Mayor Tito Brown, working very hard to get him elected. Additionally, I became a member of A.C.T.I.O.N. and also became a member of the Youngstown, Warren Black Caucus.
Top three priorities
1) Senior and community safety, and improving the quality of life for everyone.
2) My passion and concerns are working diligently to bring economic development back to our ward.
3) Lastly, listening to all the voices in our community, including young people. Making sure that people who are directly affected by any concerns or issues have a seat at the table and will be part of the decision-making process of what goes on in their individual areas, i.e. block clubs. Additionally, if the concern is ward-wide, the entire constituency of the 3rd Ward will have input. I will never make any decisions without the opinions of the people.
Denice Necie Neal-Davis was born in Youngstown, Ohio, the daughter of Barbara Gupton-Neal and Charlie Neal. At the early age of 13, Denice became an activist, fighting for social justice and equality. Denice graduated from The Rayen School in Youngstown, Ohio in 1973 and moved to Chicago in 1985 where she received an associate’s degree in 1988 from Catherine College in Chicago, Illinois. In 1988, she caught the attention of Alderman Helen Shiller speaking out at a community meeting regarding education. She was hired as a Staff Assistant in Alderman Helen Shiller’s office in 1988. In 1994, Denice was asked to become a member of Congressman Bobby L. Rush’s staff as Director of Community Affairs. In 1996, Alderman Helen Shiller offered Denice the position of Chief of Staff, where she graciously accepted and remained in this position until Alderman retired in 2011. During her tenure of service with Alderman Shiller, the 46th Ward’s office became the number one service office in the city of Chicago based on the variety of services that she brought to the constituency. After running for the election in 2015, Denice moved back to her hometown of Youngstown, Ohio, where she played an instrumental role in Mayor Tito Brown’s election.