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Mayoral Candidates To Square Off Tuesday Night At Albany Park Mayoral Forum

Ten of the 14 candidates will answer questions about economic development, housing and education at the forum at Roosevelt High School.

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ALBANY PARK — Ten of the 14 candidates running for mayor are confirmed to appear at a Roosevelt High School forum in Albany Park Tuesday.

The forum will kick off at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the school’s auditorium, 3436 W. Wilson Ave. Chicago Tribune columnist Eric Zorn will moderate. Doors open at 6 p.m. and attendees are being asked to register here.

The mayoral candidates who have confirmed they’ll attend are Susana Mendoza, Lori Lightfoot, Garry McCarthy, Paul Vallas, Amara Enyia, Bob Fioretti, LaShawn K. Ford, Jerry Joyce, John Kozlar and Willie Wilson.

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Left to right: Amara Enyia, Garry McCarthy, Jerry Joyce, John Kenneth Kozlar, La Shawn K. Ford, Lori Lightfoot, Paul Vallas, Robert “Bob” Fioretti, Susana A. Mendoza and Willie L. Wilson are running for mayor.

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Toni Preckwinkle, Bill Daley and Gery Chico had not confirmed if they would attend the forum as of Friday.

A simultaneous Spanish translation via headsets will be provided by Latino Union, said John Friedmann, one of the forum’s organizers.

Ahead of the forum, voters are asked to take a survey. Friedmann said the survey would be used to let the candidates know what issues are important to voters.

The English survey can be found here and a Spanish version is here.

“The top issues as noted in the survey will be the basis for the questions asked at the forum, but a more comprehensive set of issues and questions will be subsequently given to the candidates for their response,” Friedmann said. “They will also serve as the basis for further discussions with the two remaining candidates should the anticipated runoff become necessary.”

Issues expected to be discussed on Tuesday include economic development, housing, education, public health and social services, public safety, arts, culture and the environment.

For those driving, free parking is available in the high school’s north side lot. Stops for the Kimball bus, Montrose bus, Lawrence bus and Kimball Brown line are also nearby.

The forum is organized by the North River Commission, Albany Park Chamber of Commerce, American Indian Center – Chicago, Aspire, Lawrence Hall, Northeastern Illinois University, 33rd Ward Youth Council, Lawrence Avenue Development Corporation, Theodore Roosevelt High School and 23 three other partner organizations.

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