By SARAH BURNETT
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago’s two mayoral candidates have very different ideas about the future of the heavily Democratic city. Brandon Johnson is a progressive county commissioner who last month advanced to a runoff on April 4 thanks to strong support from the teachers union. The 46-year-old former teacher and union member is endorsed by progressive senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. Paul Vallas finished first of nine candidates in the February ballot. The 69-year-old is a more moderate Democrat backed by the Chicago police union who has focused heavily on reducing crime. He is endorsed by prominent members of the business community. The increasingly bitter contest is another example of broader tension within the Democratic Party.
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