Nancy Kelly ran for Alderman of the 49th war in 1983. She was committed to serving the citizens in Rogers Park and focused on six issues in her campaign. She focused on seniors in the community, housing rehab, crime, schools, service, and having a full time office. In 1983, Kelly had lived in the area for 17 years. She had been working as the Community Coordinator for the Rogers Park/Edgewater area. Kelly founded the Landlord-Tenant Advisory Board and worked closely with the Housing Task Force of the Rogers Park Community Council. “For Responsible Leadership” and “The Community Endorsed Candidate” were ideas that helped fuel Kelly’s campaign. Kelly’s opponent in the election was David Orr, the winner of the ’83 election.