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Brandon Johnson and Paul Vallas clash at latest forum: ‘Race is an issue’

Chicago Tribune
March 10, 2023

Mayoral candidates Brandon Johnson and Paul Vallas had a roiling dispute over the subject of race Thursday, with Johnson tossing out a series of accusations against Vallas, who dismissed them as “rhetoric.”

The contentious exchanges happened during a 90-minute forum hosted by the My Community Plan Foundation at the DuSable Black History Museum. For the first hour, the session was largely cordial until the two contenders, who just last week made the April 4 runoff election, were asked if they support a third airport in the Chicago area. Both said yes.

Then Johnson, a Cook County commissioner, raised the issue of Vallas’ support from “dangerous” Citadel employees, referring to the hedge fund headed by Republican billionaire Ken Griffin, who recently told Bloomberg News he supports Vallas for mayor.

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