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Meet Lyndon Johnson, Rock and Roll Aldermanic Candidate

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  • Lyndon Johnson campaign
"In November of 1963, a President was assassinated. A new President emerged and his name was Lyndon Baines Johnson. In November of 1964, a child was born and his name became Lyndon Johnson. My name is a direct result of this tragedy and I will be forever linked to this American story..."

So goes the intro to the campaign website of Lyndon Johnson, who's running for alderman of the 39th ward. FWIW, Lyndon Johnson of Chicago's middle initial is A, not B.

In the election for "most eclectic candidate," LAJ's one of the strongest contenders in this year's group of 351 council wannabes. Born in Honduras and brought to Chicago by his parents in the late 1960s, he's a photographer of stiletto-wearing bikini and lingerie ladies, inventor of sports-related sneaker accessories, and fan of Slipknot and Queensryche. In 2009, he considered running for mayor; his Twitter handle is still @mayorofchicago, which might get confusing if he becomes an alderman. In his effort to defeat Margaret Laurino, the long-standing alderwoman of the 39th ward, Johnson's running on the slogan, "we're not gonna take it ... anymore!," a nod to Twisted Sister. One of his main issues of interest is mental health services—not as meat-and-potatoes political as, say, beefing up the police force, but worth discussing all the same.

An objection was filed against Johnson's bid for office by Rosa Kelly and Pat J. Kelly, who claim his petition signature sheets used improper wording and that he lacked enough valid signatures. The Board of Elections was scheduled to hold a hearing on the challenge this morning, but a board representative this afternoon said she didn't know the outcome. Johnson hasn't responded to an e-mail requesting comment on his campaign.

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