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North Central College dean quoted on NBC 5 Chicago

Feb 28, 2023

Stephen Maynard Caliendo analyzed Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s misstep while the race for mayor is underway

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is facing fierce criticism for comments she made while campaigning, suggesting that Black residents should vote for her or not vote at all. Seeking to build support on the city's South and West Sides, Lightfoot spoke at a rally inside Greenwood Oasis church in the city's Grand Crossing neighborhood, addressing Black voters. Challengers were quick to react, with some calling the comments an "affront to the democratic process," "dangerous.”

Stephen Maynard Caliendo, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at North Central College, was quoted on NBC 5 Chicago, where provided insight on what Lightfoot’s comments tell voters.

“It’s a three person race, so voting for any of the other six is essentially a wasted vote," Caliendo said. “It’s essential that people go out and vote and vote for her, because if they stay home or vote for one of the other six it’s the same as voting for Garcia or Vallas.”

Click here to watch the full story on NBC 5 Chicago.