We attended the debate tonight between 25th ward aldermanic candidates Dorthy Kirner (incumbent) and Steve Patterson. Whoa, what a cakewalk for Patterson! Kirner stumbled on even a simple fact like the address of a new daycare. She was dismissive of Patterson but obviously had not prepared for the debate; Patterson routed her at every turn, correcting her sloppy facts with precise details of the ward. At one point Kirner stated that sommon people shouldn't be allowed to serve on a police oversight board, getting the vocal response of an audience member that common people put the Kirners into office. Patterson made great points and continued his smart strategy of using the race to broadcast the importance of revitalizing the southside wards that are the hard-hit cast-offs of the 2001 redistricting: wards 20 and 25. Hopefully, he'll find victory next Tuesday so that the ward can be rid of the tired machine and its frontwoman Kirner.
By the way, Steve wrote in his campaign blog today:
"At this point I think it is safe to assume we will not see someone reopen [Western Lanes] as a bowling alley. We do need to think, as a community, what we'd like to see occupy the space."