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Heated Contest For City Clerk Candidates

At Chicago City Hall Outside The Mayor's Office. (AP Photo)

At Chicago City Hall Outside The Mayor’s Office. (AP Photo)

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CHICAGO (WBBM) – The contest may not have the same high profile as the mayoral race, but the rhetoric is heating up in the campaign for who will replace Chicago City Clerk Miguel Del Valle.

As WBBM Newsradio 780 Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Commissioner Patricia Horton says she’s a better and more progressive choice for city clerk.

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She says rival Illinois State Rep. Susana Mendoza is part of the political establishment.

“She’s working with (Ald. Edward) Burke, she’s working with the Madigans and the Daleys,” Horton said of Mendoza. “That’s the same business as usual. We’re looking for new government. We’re looking for change.”

But Horton has seasoned political operatives behind her too, including U.S. Reps. Danny Davis (D-Ill.) and Jesse Jackson Jr., and state Sen. Rickey Hendon (D-Chicago.)

For her part, Mendoza says her supporters make a point.

“They’re some of the people with the highest level of integrity, because they know me to be a person with the highest level of integrity,” Mendoza said, “people like Secretary of State Jesse White, who has endorsed me; Attorney General Lisa Madigan; former Inspector General David Hoffman.”

The focus is on the race for city Clerk at “At Issue” this weekend, on WBBM 780 at 9:30 a.m. and 9:30 p.m.