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I know there have been several 46th Ward Aldermanic Candidate forums both before and after the primary elections this year. I am not supporting any candidate, yet my office continues to receive several calls per day seeking information on who to support in the upcoming election.
Additionally, since 60% of the ward did not vote for the two remaining candidates in the primary election, I am organizing a forum for the public to get to know James Cappleman and Molly Phelan. Alderman Tom Tunney and I will moderate this candidate debate on Monday, March 28th at 6:30PM at Truman College.
My goal is to have a forum that is informative. I am preparing questions with supporting information that will put those questions in context, and the candidates will be given all of this information in advance. I am hoping that attendees will get concrete answers to the pertinent issues and will hopefully leave this forum with some definitive grounds for supporting (or not supporting) one of the candidates on election day.
I am writing to ask if you have any questions or issues that you hope to have covered in this forum. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org by 9AM on this Friday, March 18th, as I hope to have questions prepared for the candidates as soon as possible.
Feel free to phone my assistant Michilla Blaise at my Ward Service Office for additional information, and thank you in advance for your consideration.
Helen Shiller, 46th Ward Alderman"
(For the record, this was forwarded to us by several block club members and was not submitted directly by the alderman's office. Ald. Shiller maintains her policy of pretending Uptown Update doesn't exist except when her pet developer wants to subpoena us.)