CHINATOWN — The seven candidates running for 11th Ward alderperson will face the public in the ward’s first aldermanic forum this week.
The forum is 6-9 p.m. Thursday on the third floor of the Pui Tak Center, 2216 S. Wentworth Ave. It’s being hosted by the Coalition for a Better Chinese American Community.
A Zoom livestream will be available for people unable to attend in person. Residents are encouraged to send their candidate questions here. Mandarin and Cantonese translation will also be available, organizers said.
Freshman Ald. Nicole Lee (11th), who was appointed to the seat in 2022, faces six challengers in the race: Anthony “Tony” Ciaravino, Donald “Don” Don, attorney Steve Demitro and Elvira “Vida” Jimenez, Froy Jimenez and Ambria Taylor. All are scheduled to appear in the forum.
The candidates have longstanding ties to the community, including the incumbent, who made history when she was appointed Chicago’s first Chinese-American alderperson.
The 11th Ward includes Chinatown, Bridgeport, Amour Square and Canaryville.
Election Day is Feb. 28. If no candidate receives at least 50 percent of the vote, the top two finishers will go to a runoff April 4.
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