CHICAGO – Chicago’s mayoral election is officially underway as Gery Chico and Manny Flores have publicly announced their intentions to run for mayor Daley’s seat. They will join two other candidates, state Senator Rickey Hendon (D-Chicago), and Miguel Del Valle, also minorities in pursuit of the “hot seat” at City Hall.
City Colleges Chief Gery J. Chico has several assets that qualify him for the top city post. He’s a numbers cruncher, one of the most important qualities the next mayor should possess. It will take an individual with managerial, business, combined with financial training and experience to run the city.
When it comes to education, Chico has a handle on what goes on in the Chicago Public School system. Appointed to the Board of Trustees of CPS by Daley, Chico served two terms as President, beginning in 1995, then again in 1999. You could consider these valuable skills when working to improve education in a system that is struggling financially.
An advocate of higher learning, March, 2010, Chico joined the Board of Trustees of the City Colleges of Chicago, with its’ seven city colleges and 115,000 students.
Add 25 years of practicing law in the areas of government regulation, real estate and land use, you have a candidate with a lot to bring to the job.
Chico has won Citizen of the Year by the City Club of Chicago, is on the Board of Directors of the Chicago Urban League, a founding member of the Mexican-American Chamber of Commerce, now known as Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, as well as a writer with his own column for the Chicago Sun-Times. Daley selected Chico to serve on the 2010 Olympic Committee.
Illinois Commerce Commission Chairman Manny Flores made his run official this Saturday. He comes equipped for the job, too with skills that a Chicago mayoral candidate is definitely going to need.
He started public service as an aide to Congressman Luis Gutierrez. Flores has a law background like Chico, working as a Prosecutor in the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office.
Flores is a green guy. The father of two is instrumental in spearheading GreenEconomyChicago.com, to bring social awareness in addition to advancing the cause of a green marketplace, among other beneficial green projects he is involved with in the city.
Elected as Alderman of the 1st Ward in 2003, perhaps Flores’ greatest asset: working on several committees while a member of the City Council. The newly designated candidate has served on the Energy Committee, (he is dedication to going green, which I am a big fan of), Environmental Protection, (more green, yes!), Economic, Capital and Technology Development, among others. He brings a wide range of abilities from different perspectives.
In Jan. 2010, Flores became the first Latino appointed by Gov. Pat Quinn to the IL Commerce Commission (ICC), whose mission is to maintain a balance between consumers and public utility service providers, helping to ensuring they are efficient, reliable, and low-cost.
Carol Moseley Braun, another minority, may soon be counting herself among potential mayoral hopefuls. Presently, she’s doing a litmus test to determine the feasibility of running for town boss.
Check out Manny Flores here.
suntimes.com, chiconunes.com, icc.illinois.gov, YouTube.com,