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47th Ward Runoff Candidates Matt Martin And Michael Negron To Square Off At Saturday Debate

The event at Davis Theater is free but attendees are asked to RSVP online.

Matt Martin (left) and Michael Negron will face off for the 47th Ward seat.
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LINCOLN SQUARE — The two 47th Ward candidates in the April 2 runoff for outgoing Ald. Ameya Pawar’s City Council seat will square off at the Davis Theater Saturday.

The debate between Matt Martin and Michael Negron starts at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Davis, 4614 N. Lincoln Ave. It’s free, but due to limited space the organizers are asking people to RSVP at the Northcenter Chamber of Commerce’s website.

The 47th Ward — which comprises all of parts of North Center, Lincoln Square, Lakeview and Uptown — had a crowded field of nine candidates before the runoff.

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In the Feb. 26 election, Martin, a Civil Rights attorney at the Illinois Attorney General’s office, won 39.3 percent of the vote while Negron, Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s former policy chief, got 21.3 percent.

Because neither of the candidates were able to break the 50 percent threshold, they’ll face off again at the ballot box on April 2.

Pawar was first elected to City Council in 2011 and re-elected in 2015. After a failed run for governor, he announced he would be sticking to his self-imposed two-term limit as an alderman and instead run for city treasurer. He’s now facing a runoff in the election for treasurer with Melissa Conyears-Ervin.

Saturday’s debate is being co-orgnized by the Northcenter Chamber of Commerce, Roscoe Village Chamber of Commerce, Lakeview Chamber of Commerce, Business Partners – The Chamber for Uptown, Lincoln Square Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce, and Heart of Lincoln Square in partnership with the Davis Theater.

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