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Bernard Epton; GOP Candidate in Chicago

December 14, 1987|Associated Press

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Bernard Epton, a Republican who nearly blocked Harold Washington's bid to become Chicago's first black mayor in 1983, died Sunday of an apparent heart attack. He was 66.

Epton died at a motel where he and his wife, Audrey, were staying while in Ann Arbor to visit their son, City Councilman Jeff Epton, said police Lt. Harold Tinsey.

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