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Two Challengers to Likely Face Ald. James Cappleman in 46th Ward

By Jackie Kostek | November 25, 2014 9:44am
 Denise Davis and Amy Crawford filed their candidacy.
Denise Davis and Amy Crawford filed their candidacy.
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UPTOWN — Two challengers have filed candidacy petitions to run against Ald. James Cappleman (46th) in the Feb. 24 aldermanic election.

Denise Davis, who was former Uptown Ald. Helen Schiller’s longtime chief of staff, announced her candidacy earlier this fall. Schiller, Cappleman’s predecessor, held the position for 24 years before retiring in 2011.

According to Davis’ campaign website, she supports a living wage, an elected school board, city and mental health services and funding public schools, among other issues.

Amy Crawford filed her candidacy last week. According to Crawford’s campaign website, she is a partner at the Kirkland & Ellis law firm, where she has “fought for LGBT rights, representing the plaintiffs in Illinois’ marriage equality lawsuits.” Crawford’s website said she has advocated for disabled and mentally ill clients.

“I believe that the success of our ward depends on investing in our public schools, eliminating violence in our streets, and promoting retail business development in our ward,” said Crawford on her website.

Each candidate had to submit a petition with at least 473 signatures from registered voters, said Jim Allen of the Chicago Board of Elections.

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