ALBANY PARK — All three candidates running for 33rd Ward alderperson will face the public and explain their platforms during a Wednesday forum.
Ald. Rossana Rodriguez-Sanchez is running for her second term in City Council, while challengers Samie Martinez and Laith Shaaban are making their first bids for the 33rd Ward office.
The forum is 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday at Bateman Elementary School, 4220 N. Richmond St. It will be moderated by former Tribune columnist Eric Zorn. The event will also be livestreamed via its Facebook page.
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Rodriguez-Sanchez was elected in 2019 in one of the closest battles for a City Council seat. Her challengers are Martinez, former chief of staff for Ald. George Cardenas (12th), and Shaaban, a former project manager at LGIM America.
The event is being organized by Albany Park Neighbors, The Residents of Irving Park and PEAP Block Club.
At the forum’s end, its organizers will host an after-party with free pizza and acash bar at Templestowe Pub, 3135 W. Montrose Ave., where neighbors can chat with the candidates.
The ward covers parts of Irving Park, Albany Park and Avondale.
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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