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Neal Runs For Mayor

24 EpisodesProduced by Wailin Wong & Shaun HildnerWebsite

Go behind the scenes of Neal Sáles-Griffin's quest to become mayor of Chicago. Follow along as a first-time candidate navigates the byzantine world of Chicago politics, and hear from Neal's colleagues, friends, family—and Neal himself.


A Cesspool for Human Error

Neal filed over 18,000 signatures to get on the ballot, but they were challenged by mayoral candidate Willie Wilson. Now Neal and a team of volunteers have to defend each challenged signature before the board of elections, a time-consuming and difficult process. Hear from Neal and two of his volunteers, including a Chicago high school student, on what it's like to analyze handwriting and stay on the good side of records examiners.

Show Notes
  • Our previous episode, "Neal Files For Mayor," covered what it was like to turn in the petition sheets (0:41)
  • Willie Wilson had talked previously about his plans to challenge fellow black mayoral candidates' petitions, and in November had called for them to "get out of the way" (0:47)
  • Rickey Hendon's Wikipedia page (0:55)
  • Rickey Hendon's Facebook Live video (1:03)

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