A voice for reform and change in the frozen-in-time 50th Ward Democratic politics, Naisy is moving to South Florida, where she has family and attended high school. Here is the contents of her farewell email message:
Over the past few years, there have been more than a few changes that have come along to challenge the way we were before. As many of you know, one of the biggest changes in my life happened with the sudden loss of my mother last June.
Since then, I have been spending my time in Florida, where my parents had been living, and our family has faced a new set of challenges to overcome while also finding new opportunities we have chosen to pursue.
After long consideration, we have decided to relocate to Florida to begin a new chapter in our lives to be closer to our immediate family and to build a family business.
Our decision was not easy because I know I will leave a community we built together - a community of people who believe in the fundamental value of bringing people together for a common purpose. We learned that as neighbors, friends and family members from near or far, from all ethnic and religious backgrounds, we can make a positive difference.
We are people who expect more and I know that we will continue to do more no matter where we are. Although I will no longer live in Chicago, I will take with me more than 30 years of fond memories and friendships. This city, all that makes up our home, and the spirit that each of you have shared with me, will never be forgotten.
So, if you are in the neighborhood, I hope we can share a final good-bye together. Please join me for some rugelah at (you guessed it!):
Sunday, November 16th
If we don't get a chance to see each other, I do hope to meet you again.
My deepest gratitude and love,
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Naisy's decision to move away keeps the 2011 50th Ward aldermanic race open. Thirty-five-year incument Bernie Stone is expected to step aside for his daughter, Ilana Stone Fekevitch. Other candidates are to be determined.
I like Naisy and wish her well. Her loss in the April, 2007 runoff seemed to be a result of ballot fraud on the part of her opponent or a few of his supporters. Residents of the 50th Ward still need better represenatation in the City Council.