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In Race To Replace Indicted Ald. Willie Cochran, Final 2 Candidates To Meet Thursday Night

Jeanette Taylor and Nicole Johnson, two political neophytes in the 20th Ward, will face voters in Woodlawn.

Jeanette Taylor and Nicole Johnson will square off in an April 2 runoff.
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WOODLAWN — Fifteen candidates tried to replace indicted 20th Ward Ald. Willie Cochran.

And now only two remain — Jeanette Taylor and Nicole Johnson.

The two runoff contenders will be together Thursday night as they make their case to 20th Ward voters as to who should be the ward’s next $120,383-a-year alderman.

Free tickets are still available to meet the last two candidates standing. The meet-and-greet, hosted by the Woodlawn Chamber of Commerce, will be at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Chicago Theological Seminary, 1407 E. 60th St.

Credit: Woodlawn Chamber of Commerce

Fifteen candidates initially filed to run for 20th Ward alderman, but only seven made it on the ballot. Johnson and Taylor, both political newcomers, beat out the others to make the April 2 runoff election, with Taylor receiving 28 percent of votes to Johnson’s 21 percent.

While the closely watched campaign wasn’t without its share of controversy, the two women hold each other in high regard and would be willing to work with whoever wins the runoff, they told Block Club Chicago last month.

Both candidates have racked up a number of endorsements; Taylor, a community activist, has won the support of the Chicago Teachers Union, Teamsters Local 700, the Chicago Federation of Labor and five of her former opponents.

Johnson, a former Chicago Public Schools teacher, has garnered the support of the International Union of Operating Engineers, UIC political science professor and former 44th Ward Ald. Dick Simpson and Chance the Rapper.

Early voting began in all 50 wards on Monday. Locations in those wards will remain open until April 2.

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