Saturday, November 20, 2010
Yep, She's Running
Former Illinois Senator, Ambassador to New Zealand, and Presidential candidate Carol Moseley Braun has entered the Chicago Mayoral Election. Moseley Braun joins former White House Chief of Staff and former U.S. Rep. Rahm Emanuel and current Illinois 7th District Rep. Danny Davis among several others in the crowded field.
Anyone else that wishes to get in the pool must get 12,500 signatures prior to Nov. 22. Look for this to be a major story in early 2011 as the race wraps Feb. 22 and then goes on to a likely run-off if no one get 50 percent of the vote on April 5.
Early polls show Emanuel with a sizable but not by any means insurmountable lead, and there are still two more days for more to join in. According to Wikipedia, here's a list of those in the running so far.
Gery Chico, chair of the City Colleges Board
Christopher Cooper, civil rights attorney and former U.S. Marine
Danny K. Davis, U.S. Representative from Illinois's 7th district
Ryan Graves, Chicago Water Management Department employee
Wilfredo De Jesús, Assemblies of God congregation leader
Miguel del Valle, city clerk
Rahm Emanuel, former White House Chief of Staff and former U.S. Representative from Illinois's 5th district
Garrison Medill, political consultant
James Meeks, State Senator
Carol Moseley Braun, former U.S. Senator from Illinois
Mitch Newman, businessman and physician
Cynthia Plaster Caster, artist
Jay Stone, hypnotherapist
William "Dock" Walls, community activist and former aide to Mayor Harold Washington
Fred White, citizen candidate
Patricia Van Pelt-Watkins, non-profit administrator and activist