Election 2015: 2nd Ward candidates discuss the issues

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It looks like a Transformer.

Or the enemy alien in Galaga.

That’s how alderman candidates described the shape of the redrawn 2nd Ward, which now includes parts of River North, Streeterville, Gold Coast, Old Town, Lincoln Park, Pulaski Park, Noble Square, Bucktown, Wicker Park, Ukrainian Village and East Village.’

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Looking ahead to the Chicago municipal election on Feb. 24, the Sun-Times editorial board met on Friday, Jan. 9, with the candidates running for alderman in the 2nd Ward to talk about the key issues facing their community — and what they’d do to improve things.

Among those issues, the candidates said: Police being moved from their neighborhoods into others, higher rates of crime than reported to police and residents paying “more than their fair share” of property taxes.

You can hear from all who filled out a candidate questionnaire in their own words below.

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Bita Buenrostro is an aldermanic candidate for the 2nd Ward in the City of Chicago. | Richard A. Chapman/Sun-Times

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Brian Hopkins is an aldermanic candidate for the 2nd Ward in the City of Chicago. | Richard A. Chapman/Sun-Times

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Alyx Pattison is an aldermanic candidate for the 2nd Ward in the City of Chicago. | Richard A. Chapman/Sun-Times

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Stacey Pfingsten is an aldermanic candidate for the 2nd Ward in the City of Chicago. | Richard A. Chapman/Sun-Times

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Steve Niketopoulos is an aldermanic candidate for the 2nd Ward in the City of Chicago. | Richard A. Chapman/Sun-Times

Cornell Wilson is an aldermanic candidate for the 2nd Ward in the City of Chicago. | Richard A. Chapman/Sun-Times

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Here are some of the highlights of the discussion:

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