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43rd Ward Alderman Candidates To Debate In Forum Tuesday At DePaul University

Six candidates are running to become the next 43rd Ward alderman, including Timmy Knudsen, who was appointed to the role in September after Ald. Michele Smith resigned.

43rd Ward candidates from top left: Steve Botsford, Brian Comer, Rebecca Janowitz, Timmy Knudsen, Steven McClellan, Wendi Taylor Nations.
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LINCOLN PARK — All six candidates in the 43rd Ward aldermanic race will gather to discuss issues affecting the area at a forum Tuesday night.

The 43rd Ward aldermanic candidate forum is 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at DePaul University’s Student Center, 2250 N. Sheffield Ave. It’s organized by the Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce and open to the public.

Moderator Greg Hinz, a Crain’s Chicago Business reporter, will question the candidates on topics including public safety, business attraction and neighborhood development.

“This is an excellent opportunity for businesses to learn more about the candidates and for residents to understand how the candidates plan to support and engage with local businesses that contribute to the unique character of our neighborhood,” said Kim Schilf, president and CEO of the Lincoln Park Chamber.

Participating candidates include:

  • Steve Botsford, a 43rd Ward resident.
  • Brian Comer, president of the Sheffield Neighborhood Association.
  • Rebecca Janowitz, who ran against former Ald. Michele Smith in 2019.
  • Ald. Timmy Knudsen, who was recently appointed by Mayor Lori Lightfoot to fill a vacancy left by Smith’s resignation.
  • Steve McClellan, who also ran against Smith in 2019.
  • Wendi Taylor Nations, a public affairs consultant endorsed by Smith.

The election is Feb. 28. If no candidate receives at least 50 percent of the vote, the top two will proceed to a runoff April 4.

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