LINCOLN PARK — As the runoff election draws nearer, endorsements in the 43rd Ward race continue to roll in.
Caroline Vickrey recently announced the backing of both the Fraternal Order of Police and the Chicago Fire Fighters Union.
Vickrey, who is challenging Ald. Michele Smith for control of the ward, is a first-time candidate for office.
The Fraternal Order of Police previously endorsed Jen Kramer, who was knocked out of the general election after receiving the third highest vote total.
The city's two endorsing newspapers are split on their choices for the 43rd, with the Chicago Tribune endorsing Smith and the Sun-Times endorsing Vickrey.
Both candidates have been reaching out far and wide for support, including Smith's announced endorsement by her former 2011 foe Tim Egan.
The two recently posed for a photo in front of City Hall for the announcement.
Smith also has the backing of two of the former candidates in this year's race, Jen Kramer and Jerry Quandt, who previously battled with the alderman during debates but have joined her side in the runoff.
Former aldermen in the ward are also split on the race.
Bill Singer and Edwin Eisendrath are supporting Vickrey and Marty Oberman and Chuck Bernardini are supporting Smith.
Cook County Clerk David Orr announced his support for Vickrey.
The runoff election is set for April 7.
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