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Election 2015: 7th Ward candidates discuss the issues

Joseph J. Moseley II summarized the issues facing the 7th Ward succinctly.

“I want to stop crime, I want to bring back jobs and I want to stop my basement from flooding,” Moseley said.

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He’s just one of eight candidates on the ballot (a ninth, Chevette Valentine, is a write-in) hoping for the chance to do just that as alderman of the South Side ward.

Among them is incumbent Ald. Natashia Holmes, running for the first time after she was appointed alderman by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, and Keiana Barrett, former chief of staff to former Ald. Sandi Jackson. Jackson resigned from the ward in January 2013.

Eight candidates met with the Sun-Times editorial board at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21, ahead of the Chicago municipal election on Feb. 24.

You can hear from them in their own words and read highlights from the discussion, below.


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Ald. Natashia Holmes is an aldermanic candidate for the 7th Ward in the City of Chicago. | Richard A. Chapman/Sun-Times

Ald. Natashia Holmes is an aldermanic candidate for the 7th Ward in the City of Chicago. | Richard A. Chapman/Sun-Times

Greg Mitchell is an aldermanic candidate for the 7th Ward in the City of Chicago. | Richard A. Chapman/Sun-Times

Greg Mitchell is an aldermanic candidate for the 7th Ward in the City of Chicago. | Richard A. Chapman/Sun-Times

Keiana Barrett is an aldermanic candidate for the 7th Ward in the City of Chicago. | Richard A. Chapman/Sun-Times

Keiana Barrett is an aldermanic candidate for the 7th Ward in the City of Chicago. | Richard A. Chapman/Sun-Times

Flora Digby is an aldermanic candidate for the 7th Ward in the City of Chicago. | Richard A. Chapman/Sun-Times

Flora Digby is an aldermanic candidate for the 7th Ward in the City of Chicago. | Richard A. Chapman/Sun-Times

LaShonda Curry is an aldermanic candidate for the 7th Ward in the City of Chicago. | Richard A. Chapman/Sun-Times

LaShonda Curry is an aldermanic candidate for the 7th Ward in the City of Chicago. | Richard A. Chapman/Sun-Times

Joseph John Moseley II is an aldermanic candidate for the 7th Ward in the City of Chicago. | Richard A. Chapman/Sun-Times

Joseph John Moseley II is an aldermanic candidate for the 7th Ward in the City of Chicago. | Richard A. Chapman/Sun-Times

Margie Reid is an aldermanic candidate for the 7th Ward in the City of Chicago. | Richard A. Chapman/Sun-Times

Margie Reid is an aldermanic candidate for the 7th Ward in the City of Chicago. | Richard A. Chapman/Sun-Times

Chevette Valentine is an aldermanic candidate for the 7th Ward in the City of Chicago. | Richard A. Chapman/Sun-Times

Chevette Valentine is an aldermanic candidate for the 7th Ward in the City of Chicago. | Richard A. Chapman/Sun-Times

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