Fioretti Reminds Candidates of Mayoral Debates in Letter

Chicago, IL – Bob Fioretti sent the below letter to candidates for Chicago mayor today to remind them of the proposal for five debates. As of today, no one has publicly accepted the idea of multiple debates, nor have they put out their own proposal.

December 29, 2014

Dear Mayoral Candidates:

On December 5, 2014, my campaign for Chicago mayor put out a specific request for five debates to occur before the start of early voting in the February 2015 municipal election. As of this date, we have received no public or private response – positive or negative. I am formally requesting a response to my campaign’s proposal, as follows:

· At least five debates between mayoral candidates that are receiving at least 5% of the vote in public polling

· At least three debates broadcast on television

· At least one debate to take place in the South Side of Chicago and one on the West Side

· One debate dedicated to education

· One debate dedicated to crime

· One debate to be a town hall format with questions coming from the audience and the public

As you can see, these five debates are intended to provide a large section of Chicago an opportunity to hear directly from the candidates. It is vital to the future of this city that we have a robust discussion on the issues, and with that in mind, I propose these debates.

Our campaign has been approached by several organizations planning to host debates and we look forward to scheduling at least these five requested in the lead up to the election.

Please do not hesitate to call my campaign office with your response.


Bob Fioretti
Contact: Aaron Lorence (708) 307-9264

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