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The Ballot LIVE: Kam Buckner Discusses Mayoral Candidacy With Laura Washington

Tune in 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1, for a one-hour conversation with Kam Buckner and journalist Laura Washington.

Mayoral candidate Kam Buckner
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CHICAGO — State Rep. Kam Buckner, whose district stretches from the Gold Coast to the Southeast Side, is a native South Sider who grew up in Washington Heights and Roseland.

Tune in 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1, to watch Buckner’s one-hour conversation with journalist Laura Washington. live, or catch the recording here after streaming ends at 4:30 p.m.

Buckner attended Morgan Park High School, according to his campaign website, and received his undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois, where he played football.

Buckner has framed his candidacy around his ability to work directly with the statehouse, and in recent debates he has pointed to his support for an assault rifle ban that passed recently in Springfield. He has often said he rides the CTA regularly and has focused many of his campaign speeches on transit issues.  

Buckner has $38,081 in campaign funds, as of the most recent campaign disclosures. 

He lives in Bronzeville. 

Read more about his mayoral platform in our candidate guide here, part of The Ballot, our one-stop shop for election resources and coverage.