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The Ballot LIVE: Roderick Sawyer Discusses Mayoral Candidacy With Laura Washington

Tune in 2:30 p.m. Friday for a one-hour conversation with Ald. Roderick Sawyer (6th) and journalist Laura Washington.

CHICAGO — Ald. Roderick Sawyer (6th), who represents parts of Chatham, Englewood and Grand Crossing, is a founding member of the council’s Progressive Caucus and the son of former Mayor Eugene Sawyer.

Tune in 2:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3, to watch Sawyer’s one-hour conversation with journalist Laura Washington live, or catch the recording here after streaming ends at 3:30 p.m.

 Sawyer grew up in City Hall when his father was 6th Ward alderman, and then mayor from 1987-1989, he has said. He attended St. Ignatius for high school and DePaul University for college.

Sawyer helped pass an ordinance focused on creating a citywide police commission and pushed for a committee on reparations, as well as a mid-size business coalition. 

Sawyer is a licensed stock and real estate broker and previously served as chairman of the Black Caucus.

He has $46,916 in the bank, according to the most recent campaign disclosure forms. 

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