NORTH LAWNDALE — Six state rep candidates vying to represent the state’s 9th District will weigh in at candidate forum Thursday night on the city’s West Side.
Ahead of the March 17 primary, Democratic candidates Lakesia Collins, Tyjuan Cratic, Nicole Harvey, Trina Mangrum, Sandra Schneller and Aaron Turner will participate in the Community Forum 2020 at 6 p.m. Thursday at Collins Academy High School, 1313 S. Sacramento Dr. in North Lawndale.
The North Lawndale Community Coordinating Council, Cook County Commissioner Dennis Deer and Ald. Michael Scott Jr. (24th) are co-sponsoring the forum.
“I don’t want our community to be disenfranchised,” Scott said, encouraging all Lawndale residents to attend the meeting to learn more about the candidates. As they work to implement the North Lawndale Quality of Life Plan, residents need to know that their elected representatives will be fighting for them in Springfield.
Many people don’t believe that their vote alone can make a difference. But Scott said the stakes are too high not to participate in the election.
“If a new State Rep. comes in, will they be supportive of the work that they’ve done over the last three, four years to put this Quality of Life Plan together, and how will they work with to execute these things that are in the plan?” the alderman asked.
Forum topics will include public safety, education, restorative justice, economic development and support for formerly incarcerated people.
The 9th District includes North Lawndale, the West Loop, the Near West Side and parts of the Near North Side.
The district is currently represented by State Rep. Art Turner Jr., who announced he wouldn’t seek re-election last year. Turner is the son of former Rep. Art Turner Sr., who held the seat for nearly 20 years before he was succeeded by his son.
State Rep. Art Turner Jr.’s brother, Aaron Turner, is running for the seat.
Pascal Sabino is a Report for America corps member covering Austin, North Lawndale and Garfield Park for Block Club Chicago.
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