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Chicago mayoral candidate Lori Lightfoot joined a candidate forum hosted by the Emerging Leaders of the Business Leadership Council this evening.

“I got into this race back in May because I saw the disparities in our city threatening to leave entire generations of Chicagoans behind,” said Lightfoot in her opening remarks. “When I’ve been honored to serve the public, I’ve followed in the example of my mother, who was on the elected school board in the town where I grew up. My mother was a fierce fighter for people of color and for all those who had been denied a voice and desperately needed to be heard. Equity and social justice are in my DNA.

“Since I got in this race, I’ve spoken with tens of thousands of people all over the city, so I know that Chicagoans want change. We want a break from the past. And we want a new, independent leader who will empower communities to join together to solve our city’s greatest challenges.

“What distinguishes me from other candidates is my track record of facing tough problems and bringing people together to forge solutions. As president of the Police Board and chair of the Police Accountability Task Force, I engaged people all over this city in paving the path towards police reform. No one else in this race has the depth of experience I have in taking on this issue, which is the most important of our time. I believe in solving problems by inviting people into the process from the very beginning and making sure that Chicagoans have a welcome seat at the table.”