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Three Candidates in the Running for 41st Ward City Council Seat

By Heather Cherone | November 24, 2014 6:31pm
 Mary O'Connor will face two challengers in her bid for re-election, Anthony Napolitano and Joe Lomanto.
Mary O'Connor will face two challengers in her bid for re-election, Anthony Napolitano and Joe Lomanto.
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EDISON PARK — Voters in Edison Park, Norwood Park, O'Hare and Edgebrook will have three candidates to choose from in February's aldermanic election.

Ald. Mary O'Connor (41st) said she has delivered on the vision of the ward she campaigned on in 2011, with improved schools, renovated parks and thriving business districts.

O'Connor, who runs two businesses — O'Connor's Market and Deli and Unforgettable Edibles catering — will face two challengers making their first runs for public office.

Anthony Napolitano, who lives in Edison Park with his wife and three children, said he jumped into the race to maintain the quality of life enjoyed by 41st Ward residents — many of whom are city employees — and said he would be a more responsive, transparent alderman.

Joe Lomanto, an Edison Park resident of 20 years, said he would use his experience as a small-business owner to deliver city services more efficiently and effectively.

O'Connor has approximately $54,000 on hand for her re-election campaign after spending $22,000 between July 1 and Sept. 30, state records show.

Napolitano has $6,800 on hand after spending $2,200, state records show.

Lomanto has raised $6,500 since launching his campaign earlier this month, according to state records.

Each candidate had to file at least 473 signatures with the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners by 5 p.m. Monday, said spokesman Jim Allen.

Objections to any of those signatures are due by 5 p.m. Dec. 3, Allen said.

Elections' officials will review all petitions to ensure they meet the minimum standard before setting the ballot order, which will be determined by lottery, since all three candidates filed at 9 a.m. Nov. 17, Allen said.

The election is set for Feb. 24. In races where no candidate earns 50 percent of the votes cast, a runoff between the top two candidates will take place April 7.

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