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Former Opponent's Support of Smith is Latest Endorsement in 43rd Ward Race

By Paul Biasco | March 25, 2015 6:05am
 Ald. Michele Smith and her former opponent Tim Egan.
Ald. Michele Smith and her former opponent Tim Egan.
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LINCOLN PARK — Another day, another endorsement in the heated race in the 43rd Ward.

This time it is Ald. Michele Smith's former opponent Tim Egan, who announced his support of Smith Tuesday morning. Smith is running against Caroline Vickrey.

Egan ran against Smith in 2011 and was defeated in a tight runoff by 250 votes.

Egan, in an announcement, said he believes Smith is the best option to expedite the Children's Memorial Hospital redevelopment that has been held up by a lawsuit filed by two neighborhood groups.

"I would like to see the Children’s Memorial Hospital redevelopment up and running as soon as possible," Egan said. "The 43rd Ward can't afford to elect an alderman who supports holding up $122 million in critically needed tax dollars in frivolous lawsuits.”

Smith and Vickrey's campaigns have been going back and forth, announcing new endorsements on a nearly daily basis for the past two weeks.

Late last week Vickrey announced her endorsement from the IVI-IPO, a nonprofit independent political organization.

Former candidates in the 43rd race Jerry Quandt and Jen Kramer are both backing Smith.

Former 43rd Ward aldermen Marty Oberman and Chuck Bernardini announced their support for Smith.

Earlier this month former 43rd ward aldermen Bill Singer and Edwin Eisendrath announced their endorsement of Vickrey.

Cook County Clerk David Orr is supporting Vickrey, while Mayor Rahm Emanuel is supporting Smith.

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