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Race For 9th Ward Alderman Shrinks As Beale Challenger Drops Out

Candidates Cleopatra Draper and Cameron Barnes are now the sole challengers to incumbent Ald. Anthony Beale (9th) on the ballot.

Homes south of 11th Street in the Roseland community on Feb. 8, 2022.
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ROSELAND — A candidate has withdrawn from the race to be 9th Ward alderperson.

Sonya Thompson Dorsey withdrew her candidacy after facing a challenge from two residents who said she hadn’t gathered enough signatures to qualify for the race. That leaves three candidates: incumbent Ald. Anthony Beale and challengers Cleopatra Draper and Cameron Barnes.

The Chicago Board of Election Commissioners voted on and accepted Thompson Dorsey’s candidate withdrawal form Dec. 30, said board spokesperson Max Bever.

Thompson Dorsey said her decision to withdraw from the race was due to paperwork issues that resulted from the city’s ward redistricting process. She said she’ll still participate as a write-in candidate.

But it’s not clear if that will be possible: Write-in candidates needed to have submitted appropriate paperwork by Dec. 29, Bever said. But candidates who have been removed from the ballot have until Feb. 21 to submit such paperwork, he said.

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