She had an unprecedented run that won her a seat as a senator representing the state of Illinois. The lady politician also made history becoming the first African-American women ever to be elected to the United States Senate.
With a reputation as an uncompromising stateswoman, Moseley-Braun was elected to the Illinois senate in November, 1993. Another astounding achievement: she was the second African-American ever to become a senator.
In 1998, President Bill Clinton appointed Moseley-Braun as ambassador to New Zealand. She served in the position until 2001.
But that all-familiar call may draw her to do what she does best–service to the public; the residents of Chicago. This time, as mayor of the Windy City.
Moseley-Braun occupied the same seat Barack Obama eventually came to hold, from 1992 to 1998, winning a victory as the “dark horse” over Sen. Alan Dixon.
Some are calling for the seasoned politician to consider the top job as the leader of Chicago, a likely successor to Mayor Richard M. Daley with her powerful portfolio of experience.
“This is all very new–I’ve been out of politics a long time,” Moseley-Braun commented. Perhaps it has been a long time, but she is seriously considering a run. So, we may have one more prominent politician’s name to add to the roster of potential candidates for mayor. Presently, there are several. (See list here).
After her stint as ambassador, the Hyde Park resident spent some time at her farm in Georgia, keeping her Chicago connections in tact. And, perhaps even her political aspirations, which never left her, as she is giving a mayoral run serious thought.
Braun reports that she received a text as Mayor Daley made his announcement from City Hall that he would not run for re-election.
The female politician is accustomed to serious election bids. You may remember Moseley-Braun was a presidential candidate back in 2004. She withdrew to lend her support to top contender, Howard Dean. Moseley-Braun has the experience of running a top-notch campaign and competing with the best of them.
The former Senator is a high-profile politico, one that may be needed to deal with the latest challenges the city faces. She’s an education advocate, promotes health care reform, and has served as Mayor Harold Washington’s legislative floor leader.
As the mayoral race shapes up over the next few weeks, Chicago voters may be welcoming another new face to the long list of candidates, former Senator Carol Moseley-Braun.
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