CB Johnson (left) and Corey Dooley (right) challenged Ald. Chris Taliaferro (middle) in the 29th Ward election. Credit: Provided; Colin Boyle/Block Club Chicago; Provided

AUSTIN — All candidates running for 29th Ward alderperson and the 15th Police District Council will discuss their visions for the West Side at a forum next month.

The forum is 9:30 a.m. Feb. 4 at Hope Community Church, 5900 W. Iowa St. It’s organized by local leaders working on the Austin Quality of Life Plan, an outline to achieve resident-driven improvements to the neighborhood.

Police council candidates will take the stage at 10 a.m., and aldermanic hopefuls will start at 11 a.m., organizer Deborah Williams-Thurmond said. She expects the event to run until about noon.

The event is free. People can sign up in advance here.

Hope Church in Austin. Credit: Google Maps

All three candidates in the 29th Ward race are expected to attend: incumbent Ald. Chris Taliaferro, veteran community activist CB Johnson and neighborhood development manager Corey Dooley.

Find out more about the backgrounds and policies of each candidate here.

All seven candidates running to be the community liaison to the 15th Police District also will be in attendance. They are Karen Winters, Deondre Rutues, Oddis “OJ” Johnson, Darius Newsome, Elena X. Thompson, Constance Melton and Carmelita P. Earls.

The forum will have a moderator and a panel of young people who are members of community organizations, Williams-Thurmond said.

Those in attendance can submit questions to the panel, Williams-Thurmond said.

Topics of discussion include public safety, ways to improve policing and their community relationships, education and development, Williams-Thurmond said.

The election is Feb. 28.


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