Incumbent Sophia King faces Ebony Lucas in the election for the 4th Ward seat on Chicago’s City Council Tuesday. Both King and Lucas filled out Ballotpedia’s Chicago 2019 candidate survey, which was developed with input from more than 100 Chicagoans in the months preceding the 2019 election.
King was appointed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel in 2016 to fill a vacancy. In 2017, King won a special election against Lucas and three other challengers to hold the seat.
Read their responses to one of our questions below:
What are your proposals for supporting children before and after school? What would be your ideal afterschool programs?
Sophia King: “A strong viable neighborhood school would have a strong co-curricular (after school) component that would help keep students engaged in positive activities and curtail negative behavior. We need more co-curricular programs that engage our children and keep them off the streets.”
Ebony Lucas: “Children need exposure to the world around them so that they can determine their strengths, weaknesses, and interests. Before and after school programs at the libraries, zoo, museums, park district, union apprenticeships, and other community based organizations need to be funded in every neighborhood. …The 4th ward aldermanic office will have computers for youth to come in and apply for One Summer Chicago and After School Matters to increase their opportunities for success.”
Chicago voters will cast ballots for mayor, city council, city treasurer, and city clerk on Tuesday, with runoffs scheduled for April 2.
Candidates can let voters know where they stand on major issues by filling out our survey.
Voters can also see which candidates have filled out our survey. Want answers from a candidate who hasn’t? Click their name to be taken to their profile page, where you’ll see an option to contact them and request that they fill out the survey.