CHICAGO (CBS) — With Ald. Bob Fioretti (2nd) aiming to oust Mayor Rahm Emanuel in the upcoming election, six candidates are vying to replace Fioretti as alderman, and will face plenty of challenges in a ward where boundaries have completely changed since the last election.
In a move that was widely seen as payback for Fioretti’s frequent criticism of Emanuel, he was mapped out of the 2nd ward when new boundaries were drawn in 2011.
Not a single block of the old 2nd Ward is contained in the new ward.
When you ask the six candidates in the 2nd Ward what is most on the minds of voters there, most candidates say it’s the ward itself.
Cornell Wilson, a former U.S. Marine and an attorney said the candidates in the 2nd Ward have a key task in a ward that once covered parts of the South Loop, West Loop, and Near West Side; but now looks like a horseshoe covering parts of the Gold Coast, Lincoln Park, Ukrainian Village, Wicker Park, Bucktown.
“The hardest part is just convincing the 2nd Ward citizens that they are not going to be left without city services. They’ve been done a disservice through this map that is not compact or contiguous,” Wilson said.