Chicago mayoral candidate Patricia Van Pelt-Watkins

February 14, 2011

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Mayoral candidate Patricia Van Pelt-Watkins sat down with 'Eight Forty-Eight's' Alison Cuddy.

It's just eight days until the Feb. 22 municipal election. And if you want to vote early, there's only three more days to fill out a ballot. Last week Eight Forty- kicked off its one-on-one interviews with the candidates for mayor. Host Alison Cuddy sat down with Miguel Del Valle and Carol Moseley Braun. This week she’ll speak with Rahm Emanuel, William “Dock” Walls and Gery Chico. On this Mayor Monday, it's Patricia Van Pelt-Watkins turn.

Watkins calls herself an advocate for the disadvantaged. She was born and raised in Chicago. She lived in Cabrini Green and struggled with drugs early in her life. Later she earned a Ph.D. while raising her family. Watkins went on to co-found the 300-member Ambassadors of Christ Church in Chicago’s Auburn-Gresham neighborhood. She’s also a founder of the Target Area Development Corporation, a group that works on various issues in the community.

Listen to the other candidates' interview below.

Alison Cuddy hosts a mayoral forum Tuesday about violence against women and LGBTQ at the Chicago-Kent College of Law.