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ALDERMAN. An officer, generally appointed or elected in towns corporate, or cities, possessing various powers in different places.
     2. The aldermen of the cities of Pennsylvania, possess all the powers and jurisdictions civil and criminal of justices of the peace. They are besides, in conjunction with the respective mayors or recorders, judges of the mayor's courts.
     3. Among the Saxons there was an officer called the ealderman. ealdorman, or aldernwn, which appellation signified literally elderman. Like the Roman senator, he was so called, not on account of his age, but because of his wisdom and dignity, non propter oetatem sed propter sapientism et dignitatem. He presided with the bishop at the scyregemote, and was, ex officio, a member of the witenagemote. At one time he was a military officer, but afterwards his office was purely judicial.
     4. There were several kinds of aldermen, as king's aldermen, aldermen of all England, aldermen of the county, aldermen of the hundred, &c., to denote difference of rank and jurisdiction.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Decisions were made by the Steering Committee whose members included the County Warden, two County Councillors and three City Alderpersons. An advisory Technical Committee was appointed and included staff of the City, County and the MOE.
Table 4 Class Politics at the Municipal Level, Hamilton East (Wards 5 through 8) 1929 1931 1933 Overall Turnout 25.8% 45.9% 53.2% Board of Control Left candidates 1(ILP) 1(ILP) 2CCF, 1CPC Left winners 1 1 1(CCF) Votes for Left 5825 13066 25429 Closest Rival -1476 +4007 +4658 % Left Vote 26.2% 27.8% 45.0% Alderpersons Left candidates 6(ILP) 7(ILP) 4ILP, 2CCF 1CPC Left winners 5 4 5 Winning parties ILP ILP 2ILP, 3CCF Votes for Left 13352 11910 15752 Closest Rival +463 + 1364 +595 % Left Vote 41.7% 42.0% 45.0% Total Council Left/Total 6/21 5/21 6/21 % Left members 28.6% 23.8% 28.6% 1935 1937 1939 Overall Turnout 45.5% ?
Further, the Progressive Coalition has had strong representation on our Board of Alderpersons for the last seven years.
It is sponsored by Broadway business owners, with assistance from Aurora alderpersons and Aurora Downtown, a nonprofit organization of business and property owners in downtown.