PILSEN — Five candidates vying for the 25th Ward seat being vacated by longtime Ald. Danny Solis will face off at a neighborhood forum Saturday morning in Pilsen.
The first of five 25th ward forums scheduled to date, the event will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Pilsen Law Center, 1545 W. 18th St. Residents must RSVP to attend.
All five candidates — Alex Acevedo, Hilario Dominguez, Aida Flores, Troy Hernandez and Byron Sigcho Lopez — will attend the forum, Block Club Chicago confirmed. The panel will be moderated by an attorney at the Pilsen Law Center.
The candidates will discuss a range of topics, including gentrification, rent control, pension obligations, school closures and more.
The topics were compiled by questions posed from residents, as well as questionnaires from the Sun-Times, the Tribune, and the Chicago Teachers Union, according to the Pilsen Law Center.
Saturday’s forum was organized by the Pilsen Law Center and Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois.
More 25th Ward forums
Four other 25th Ward candidate forums in Pilsen, Chinatown and the West Loop have been scheduled to date.
On Wednesday, Jan. 23, the West Loop Democratic Club will host a forum from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Merit School of Music, 38 S. Peoria St. in the West Loop.
On Monday, Jan. 28, the Coalition for a Better Chinese American Community (CBCAC) will host a forum starting at 5:30 p.m. at the Pui Tak Center, 2216 S. Wentworth Ave.
On Wednesday, Jan. 30, a number of Pilsen groups — including the Pilsen Neighbors Community Council, Alivio Medical Center, The Resurrection Project, Centro Sin Fronteras, El Valor, Gads Hill Center and Frida Kahlo Community Organization — will host a forum at 7 p.m. at Benito Juarez High School, 1450-1510 W. Cermak Road.
And on Tuesday, Feb. 5, St. Procopius Catholic Church will host a bilingual forum at 7 p.m. at the church, 1641 S. Allport St.
Late last year, Solis announced he would not be seeking re-election, leaving the race wide open to five candidates.
This will be the first time the ward, which includes all or parts of Pilsen, the West Loop, the South Loop and Chinatown, will have a new alderman in more than 20 years.
The municipal election is Feb. 26. If no candidate in a aldermanic race receives a majority of votes, they’ll head to a runoff election April 2.
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