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The Ballot LIVE: Brandon Johnson Discusses Mayoral Candidacy With Laura Washington

Tune in 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7, for a one-hour conversation with Brandon Johnson and journalist Laura Washington.

County Commissioner Brandon Johnson is a Chicago Teachers Union organizer and middle school teacher who has pushed for more investment into health care, restorative justice and job creation.

Johnson previously worked as an organizer for the CTU and was involved in the 2019 teacher’s strike. 

Johnson has touted his upbringing in a house with 10 siblings and residency in Austin. A self-identified progressive, he has received endorsements from a handful of progressive aldermen, including Daniel La Spata (1st) and Byron Sigcho-Lopez (25th). 

Johnson’s union backing has made him one of the race’s strongest fundraisers in recent months and left him with a large war chest as the final month of the campaign unfolds. 

He has $1.3 million in the bank, much of it from the CTU, according to campaign disclosure forms.