Thursday, January 18, 2007

Candidate Forum Open Thread

I didn't go to the candidate forum mentioned in comments. I didn't know about it. Consider this your opportunity to talk about your experience at the forum, your observations, and how you think your favorite candidate did.


At January 18, 2007 8:43 AM, Anonymous egberg356 said...

I went to the event. I was very impressed with Greg Brewer and finally got a chance to meet him. He is very professional, has a lot of knowledge about things that are important to me, and is a very nice guy. He was also the most realistic of any of them. I saw Salmon Aftab and Naisy Dolar talk about all this stuff that alderman can't do anything about, which is so typical of politicians. And Naisy Dolar was talking about how she worked for the city. The city has so many problems and as far as I'm concerned she was part of it. I am sick of the corruption in Chicago and in the mayor's office and that makes me wary of Naisy. My neighbors and I are all democrats and we bit the bullet and voted for Tony Peraica because of it! Also it sounded like she has a long way to go before she is able to lead anyone. She seems really young and inexperienced, which is fine, but not to be alderman. My neighbor that came with me commented that she seemed nervous and was shrill and didn't have much to say of substance. I sort of agree. I was impressed with Brewer's statesmanship and command of the issues. I was sold on him when I met him because he is also a nice guy and listened to what I have to say. Mr. Brewer will make a great alderman.

At January 19, 2007 3:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Interesting candidate forum tonight. The place was packed. It was great to see so many people taking an interest in their community. The real winner in that forum was the community. Take it from a guy that has been around in politics; it was great to see a big room packed with interested voters.

I was suprised by two of the challengers. {Because I believe it is important for the challengers to stay on task, (get their vote out & Beat Up on Bernie), I won't mention names.}

One candidate exceeded expectations, one was a real let down and the other delivered as expected.

It is still about 6 weeks till Feb 27th......there is room to gain and room to will be interesting to see how things develop.

Bernie Stone ??? What a slap in the face to the residents of the 50th Ward. Those that read this blog should write a letter to the Editor of any (and many) newspaper and tell them how insulted you were that your own elected Alderman did not show up.

Based on the size of the crowd, Bernie Stone was the clear loser of this forum. If Bernie continues to avoid the voters of the 50th in upcomming candidate forums, it is possible for a challenger to win out-right or for a run-off between challengers.

Run Sal, Run Greg, Run Naisy, Run Run Run !!!

posted by: Mad Dog

January 17, 2007 11:50 PM (copied from another thread and posted here)

At January 19, 2007 8:17 PM, Anonymous Dr. Ghazi said...

egberg356 said
"I saw Salmon Aftab and Naisy Dolar talk about all this stuff that alderman can't do anything about, which is so typical of politicians."

Salman Aftab talked about issues which Alderman have the authority to change. Aftab said that he would support a reducation in property taxes and require a 2/3 vote of the city council for future increase. Aftab pledged not to support any increase in property taxes. Aftab proprosed the creation of an Aldermanic Zoning Advisory Board to empower residents. Aftab pledged to vote against any aldermanic pay raise. When asked where he could find the money to pay for a property tax cut, Aftab stated that if the city can find 100 million dollars for hired trucks, find the money for the Aldermanic pay raise, and find the money to increase Aldermanic staff size by 25%, than we can find the money in a 5.5 billion dollar city budget to give working people a modest tax reducation. These are issues that Aldermanic candidates should be talking about!

At January 19, 2007 10:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

An exactly how does Salman plan to "require a 2/3 majority vote" on anything in city council? As if he has the power to control that!

Naisy and Salman both talked about big ideas regarding reducing crime and supporting community policing (CAPS), but neither one of them can ever be bothered to attend a CAPS meeting! Brewer is at every single meeting of the three CAPS districts in our ward. He is already acting as an alderman should.

Naisy and Salman are all talk. Lots of meaningless campaign slogans and big promises while they aren't doing anything that they have control over right now, like going to CAPS meetings.

At January 20, 2007 12:25 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Honestly, I was embarassed for Salman and Naisy. Salman was funny talking about prostitutes and hoes and giving his salary to charity. Naisy came off like an inexperienced 15 year old with nothing of substance to say. Neither one of them have any real plans for anything. It was pretty sad watching them trip over their words, especially Naisy. She must have been really nervous or something because she has trouble getting her words out.

At January 20, 2007 1:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Say what you will about the challengers but the bottom line is Bernie Stone did not show up.

Bernie Stone does not care about the residents of the 50th Ward.

Bernie Stone does not want to face the voters of the 50th Ward.

Bernie Stone does not want to let the voters of the 50th Ward to know where he stands on the issues.

Bernie Stone is not confident in his ability to measure up to any of his challengers.

Bernie Stone wishes to ignore his challengers and therefore ignores his constituants.

The 50th Ward is concerned about zoning issues; Bernie Stone sits on the zoning committee.

The 50th Ward is concerned about corruption; Bernie Stone sits on the ethics committee.

If the residents of the 50th Ward have a problem with zoning and corruption, they can Blame it on Bernie. Bernie Stone is part of the problem.

ABS Anybody But Stone.....ABS..Stop Stone, Put the breaks on Bernie ! (the ABS breaking system)

posted by: Mad Dog

At January 20, 2007 1:05 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh yeah

Thanks for voting for Tony Peraica.

posted by: Mad Dog

At January 20, 2007 7:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bernie Stone didn't come to the Northside Alliance forum because he was too busy hitting up the Chicago Realtors Association for money at their event downtown.

His speech was eloquent and fascinating as usual after he hobbled onto the podium. It went something like this:

"The Chicago Realtors Association is a good friend to Bernie Stone and Bernie Stone is a good friend to the Chicago Realtors Assocation".

That was all he said. Apparently he doesn't have to say much to garner the support of the folks whose pockets he lines.

Shame on you, Bernie, for choosing big money interest audiences over and audience of your constituents.


At January 23, 2007 4:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello, When and Where was this candidate open forum?

Is there going to be anymore in the future?

At January 23, 2007 10:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

RPCAN is hosting a forum for 49th and 50th Ward aldermanic candidates on Saturday, Feb. 3, 10:00 a.m. at 1545 W. Morse.

At January 24, 2007 8:37 AM, Blogger JS in the 50th said...

Who's committed to attend from the 50th?

At January 24, 2007 2:13 PM, Anonymous Bridget Dooley said...

Greg Brewer will be attending the RPCAN forum on Feb. 3rd.

At January 24, 2007 4:34 PM, Anonymous Frank B said...

You know everyone keeps harping on Stone and how bad he is. Well then how has he been Alderman for the last 30 years ? Surly, a person with such incompetence and lack of care for his people of the 50th ward should have been abdicated of his "throne" years ago. But he hasn't been--why not? The irony is that he's going to unfortunately win again.

The problem lies in the fact that these candidates, (with the possible exception of Greg Brewer) just don't have a strong enough platform to run against Bernard Stone. Naisy Dolar is very reticent when she speaks about the issues and shows no leadership ability. And Salmon Aftab--what is there to say about him. He talks about everything and anything, except he doesn't know what he's talking about and his arrest record keeps growing.

I hate to say it--but if people don't start to work with one solid candidate, and that being Greg Brewer, there's no way Bernie Stone is going to lose.

At January 25, 2007 1:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

well Frank, do your part and volunteer on the Brewer campaign instead of saying others need to back him. GO SPREAD THE GOOD WORD!


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