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Mayoral Candidate Bob Fioretti Takes Campaign to Reddit With AMA

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    As mayoral race rivals took to Chicago's streets Sunday to rev up voters in the final days of the campaign, one candidate hit the Web.

    Alderman Bob Fioretti, one of five candidates on Tuesday's ballot, fielded questions through Reddit's "Ask Me Anything" thread Sunday afternoon.

    Fioretti slammed incumbent Rahm Emanuel during the hourlong chat, saying his agenda "has been one that’s divided Chicago into two groups – rich people and everyone else."

    As for his own plans, he said "reinvesting in our neighborhood schools will be a top priority, along with bringing jobs and economic development to our neighborhoods, rather than focusing on downtown." He also reiterated his support for an elected school board.

    While some users participating applauded Fioretti for bringing his campaign to the platform, other Redditors complained that his answers in the thread of roughly 400 comments were too canned.

    "This is basically just copy/pasted off of your website... would be nice if you actually gave us some substance," Reddit user jtwizzle57 wrote.

    In addition to the AMA, Fioretti was also schedueled to make stops at several churches, Original Pancake House and two police fundraisers on Sunday. 

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    With little money or name ID, Fioretti has struggled to gain traction in the polls ahead of Tuesday's election. A survey released Monday showed him in fourth place, winning support of just 7 percent of respondents.

    That poll showed frontrunner Emanuel still falling shy of the 50-percent-plus-one-vote threshold he must hit to win outright and avoid an April 7 runoff. Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia was in second place in that poll, with 26.5 percent support.