Windy City Times election guide, ratings available

Fri. February 13, 2015 9:28 AM by News Staff

Chicago, IL - Windy City Times, Chicago's LGBT weekly newspaper, has released its ratings of mayoral and aldermanic candidates in the Feb. 24 elections. Only candidates who completed the WCT questionnaire were rated.

In the race for mayor, three of the five candidates filled out the WCT survey. Jesus Garcia ranked highest, with an A+ rating, and incumbent Mayor Rahm Emanuel and challenger Bob Fioretti each received an A-. The complete survey ratings are linked here, and include ratings by political groups and unions. 

For the first time, Windy City Times has also posted all of the survey responses on its website so readers can make their own decisions on the candidates.

Over the past three months, WCT has also interviewed dozens of aldermanic and citywide candidates. Those previous interviews and articles are linked here.

Cappleman, Mell, Tunney face challengers in Chicago municipal election

Openly gay Ald. Deborah Mell (33rd), Ald. James Cappleman (46th) and Ald. Tom Tunney (44th) all face challengers in Chicago's municipal election.

Ald. Tom Tunney, the first openly gay alderman in Chicago's history, faces two opponents: businessman Mark Thomas and consultant-activist Scott Davis. (Related: Ald. Tom Tunney on Lakeview and its LGBT legacy

Ald. Cappleman is in a race against Former Ald. Helen Shiller aide Denice Davis and openly lesbian business attorney Amy Crawford. (Related: Ald. James Cappleman reflects on the 46th Ward

Ald. Mell, daughter of longtime Ald. Dick Mell and sister-in-law of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, faces two challengers: Roosevelt High School teacher Tim Meegan and Peace Corps veteran Annisa Wanat. (Related: Deb Mell answers challenges to her seat

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has received the endorsement of Chicago Tribune,Crain's Chicago Business and Chicago Sun-Times. Challenging Emanuel are Ald. Bob Fioretti, Cook County Commissioner Jesus Garcia, businessman Willie Wilson and activist William Walls. Emanuel is favored to win re-election. (Related: Mayor Emanuel looks at continuing to confront challenges) does not endorse in any elections. No local LGBT political organizations are engaged in this election cycle.