This past Sunday, February 8th, just two weeks before Chicago’s primary elections, six candidates for Alderman of the 2nd Ward gathered at the headquarters of Cards Against Humanity, a self described “party game for horrible people”. This was to be the final debate of one of Chicago’s more unusual and competitive municipal races.
The district was redrawn prior to the 2015 elections, causing sitting Alderman Bob Fioretti to no longer live in the ward, effectively forcing him out of office. Fioretti is now challenging Mayor Rahm Emanual for Chicago’s top seat. The new district, which encompasses parts of the neighborhoods of Gold Coast, Old Town, Lincoln Park, Ukrainian Village, Wicker Park and Bucktown is one of the most sprawling and confusing in the city, and has been the subject of a federal lawsuit decrying it as unfair.
A municipal debate hosted by a company that recently made headlines on Black Friday selling bull feces on their website wasn’t something I’d ever heard of happening before. So I went. Some highlights below.