On September 7th, Mayor Richard M. Daley made the announcement to the public that he will not run for another term as Mayor of Chicago. This did not come as a complete shock to anyone who has been following Mayor Daley recently. His wife Maggie is currently battling cancer and in March of this year went through surgery to tend to some leg damage the cancer and treatment had caused her. His mayoral career spanned over two decades and in the recent years, his approval rating had significantly dropped. Mayor Daley was elected in 1989 after former Mayor Harold Washington died during his run in office. Each passing election since 1989, Daley has had nearly no opposition and has won the election with no problems. It is apparent that he is ready to move on and so is Chicago.
Who Is Planning To Run For Mayor?
Of course everyone is talking about who will step up and run. In order to get on the ballot, the potential candidate will have to get a petition with 12,500 signatures supporting their run for office. Seems like an extra lot of work for some of the people who won’t have a shot of winning. It will be interesting to see if these people who are speculated to be gathering signatures or considering a run, will actually pull through and be placed on the ballot. These are some of the names that have been tossed around in the media.
Rahm Emanuel– He is the current White House Chief of Staff. Apparently he has mentioned his mayoral ambition. I can’t imagine why he would consider leaving such a prestigious job at the White House to run for Mayor of Chicago. He might have a shot at winning but I think that a few of the other possibilities mentioned have a far better shot at clenching the title of Mayor of Chicago.
Carol Moseley-Braun– I recently wrote an article about Moseley-Braun possibly running for Mayor. I think she would be a pretty decent choice after all the other political experience she has. It would be refreshing to see a woman in the Mayor’s office.
Sandi Jackson– Currently serving as an Alderman in the 7th ward, it is likely that Jackson will run for office. She is no stranger to politics as she is married to Jesse Jackson Jr, and her father in law is the infamous Reverend Jesse Jackson. I am hoping that if she does run, she does not win. The Jackson family (Jesse Sr. in particular) have caused a lot of bad publicity for Chicago in the past.
Tom Dart– Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart has expressed his desire to run for office once it was available. He was not open to running against Mayor Daley (it seems a lot of people had that same mindset). I think Dart could probably do a decent job. After all being a sheriff he has the experience to deal with the violence, which is an issue Chicago definitely can improve on.
These are just a handful of names that have been dropped in the race for Mayor. While I am not certain that any of them will run, it would sure be refreshing to see either Moseley-Braun or Dart win the election out of the four possibilities mentioned. My hopes are that with Mayor Daley leaving office, the crime in Chicago can be dealt with a little better than it has been in recent months.
Sources: Personal Opinion
Chicago Breaking News
ABC 7 News