While temperatures dropped into the single digits Thursday night, Feb.5, inside Galewood Community Church, 1776 North Narragansett Avenue, where the Advocates for Neighborhood Development and Empowerment held its 29th Ward candidates forum, things got a bit heated at times.

The forum brought together six of the eight candidates – Lawrence Andolino, Bob Galhotra, Stephen Robinson, Zerlinda Smith, Chris Taliaferro and Ald. Deborah Graham – to answer questions focused on measurable plans for improving the ward.

Oddis “O.J.” Johnson and La Coultan J. Walls did not participate.

This was the second time in less than two weeks the candidates appeared together to discuss their plans for the ward. All eight candidates participated in a forum sponsored by the Chicago Westside Branch NAACP on Jan. 25.

As was the case at that first event, some of the candidates took the opportunity to openly criticize Graham.

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