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Chicago mayor’s race debate demonstrates the limits on intersectionality


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As a result of the February 26 primary election in Chicago, voters have the choice between two female black candidates for mayor, guaranteeing a “historic first” female black mayor. The primary was “non-partisan,” aka a “jungle primary,” meaning that the top two vote-getters out of a field of 9 candidates, regardless of party affiliation, face the electorate.

The two final candidates are Toni Preckwinkle, the powerful president of the Cook County Board, and Lori Lightfoot, lawyer and former president of the Chicago Police Board, where she aggressively pursued police misconduct, including the notorious shooting of Laquan McDonald, which may have propelled her to first place in the primary vote.:snip:

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