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4th And 5th Ward Candidates To Meet In Joint Forum Tuesday Night

Attendees will be able to ask questions in a "town hall-style" format.

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CHICAGO — The First Unitarian Church of Chicago and Indivisible Chicago South Side are hosting a joint aldermanic forum for the 4th and 5th Ward aldermanic candidates Tuesday night in Woodlawn.

The town hall-style event will kick of at 7 p.m. at the church, 5650 S. Woodlawn Ave. Attendees will be able to ask candidates from the audience.

So far, all the candidates in the two ward races have committed to appear except Ald. Sophia King (4th), who declined the invitation, according to Richard Pardo, a member First Unitarian and chair of its First Forum Committee.

In the 4th Ward race, King is slated to face off again against real estate attorney Ebony Lucas, who lost to King in the 2017 special election.

In the 5th Ward race, five-term Ald. Leslie Hairston is set to square off against William Calloway, an activist who helped force the release of the Laquan McDonald shooting video, and Gabriel Piemonte, the former editor of the Hyde Park Herald.

Pardo said he hopes questions from the audience help guide the conversation.

“Of course, I do expect questions about the Obama Presidential Center and associated questions … regarding the balance between ‘gentrification’ and maintaining affordable housing in the area,” Pardo said. “But I do not plan to force the discussion in that direction.”

The real goal is to empower and inform voters, he said.

“My hope is just to provide a venue for voters to see the candidates and get a first hand look at how they address issues and questions,” Pardo said.