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43rd Ward Candidates Agree to 4 Debates, Including on Chicago Tonight

By Paul Biasco | March 11, 2015 5:45am
 Michele Smith (left) and Caroline Vickrey are headed to a runoff in the 43rd Ward.
Michele Smith (left) and Caroline Vickrey are headed to a runoff in the 43rd Ward.
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LINCOLN PARK — Undecided voters in the 43rd Ward will have four chances to hear from the runoff candidates leading up to the April 7 election.

There are four debates scheduled between Ald. Michele Smith and her challenger Caroline Vickrey, three hosted by community organizations and the fourth televised on WTTW Chicago.

The first debated will be held March 16 at Steppenwolf Theatre, the second on March 19 at the Old Town Triangle Association, the third on March 23 at the Public Hotel and the televised debate on March 26.

During the February general election, Smith received 42 percent of the vote to Vickrey's 36 percent. The remaining votes were split between Jen Kramer and Jerry Quandt.

The first debate is being co-sponsored by the Lincoln Central, Sheffield Neighbors, Ranch Triangle and Wrightwood Neighbors associations and will kick off at 7 p.m. at Steppenwolf, 1650 N. Halsted St.

The Old Town Triangle Association is hosting the second debate for both the 43rd Ward and 2nd Ward at 7 p.m. at 1763 N. North Park.

Gold Coast Neighbors Association is hosting their debate at the Public Hotel, 1301 N. State St., March 23. A time has not yet been set.

The WTTW debate will be held during the Chicago Tonight broadcast, which airs at 7 p.m.

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