49th Ward Election Preview: Will Ald. Moore Go Out The Way He Came in?

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2019-02-20 13:24:01

The race for the 49th Ward is a battle that gets to the very heart of progressivism in Chicago.

Ald. Joe Moore has represented the ward, encompassing the Rogers Park neighborhood on the city’s North Side, since he claimed victory over former Mayor Richard M. Daley’s appointed alderman in 1991.

Under Daley, Moore flexed his progressive muscle – fighting for a living wage ordinance and implementing the first participatory budgeting program in the country. But critics now say he’s grown too close to Mayor Rahm Emanuel to still call himself a progressive. 

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Enter Maria Hadden, an activist who boasts her previous experience as a board member of The Participatory Budgeting Project, as well as her current work as the founder and director of Our City Our Voice, a nonprofit aimed at increasing democratic participation.

Hadden is also on the board of directors for the Black Youth Project 100, an organization focused on racial justice. She’s nabbed some big endorsements from the Chicago Teachers Union, SEIU and Rep. Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, among others. 

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As with several other wards, the number one issue here is affordable housing – perhaps even more so, as Moore chairs the City Council Committee on Housing and Real Estate.

With just two candidates, this one won’t go to a runoff. Moore has beaten his opponents outright since a 2007 runoff, but now it’s winner-take-all with no chance for a do-over.

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