Chicago Mayoral Candidate Profile: Paul Ballas


A former City Hall insider, administrative expert, and campaigning outside-the-box thinker, Paul Vallas rose to local prominence as CEO of Chicago Public Schools under Mayor Richard M. Daley. I made a profit. Vallas said he failed to run for gubernatorial election in 2002, losing to Rod Blagojevic in the Democratic primary. The 2016 Lieutenant Governor lost to Bruce his rower alongside Pat Quinn. During that time, Ballas has held positions in school districts in Philadelphia, New Orleans, Haiti, Chile, Bridgeport, and Connecticut, working as a consultant, including an unpaid role in the controversial city fraternity police. Labor unions are backing him in the mayoral race, and Lightfoot named Ballas as voters’ most conservative choice in February, despite having worked for the Democratic Party in the past.

Valas made crime the basis of his campaign. He said he would fire Supt. David Brown and his leadership team create units to patrol CTA stations and relax officer residency requirements to entice veterans to return and recruits to serve. Based on his teaching credentials, he said he would offer parents “100% choice” and send their children to the school of their choice. He also promised to lengthen the school days and years.

Year: 69

born: Chicago

Personal: He was married to Sharon Vallas and had two adult children, Gus and Paul Jr. Son Mark, who died in 2018.

education: BA and MA in Political Science from Western Illinois University

neighborhood: bridge port

Current task: Consultant, The Bronner Group

Government experience: Executive Director of the Illinois Economic and Fiscal Commission (1985-90); Commissioner of the City of Chicago Revenue (1990-93); Commissioner of the City of Chicago Budget (1993-95); CEO of Chicago Public Schools (1995-2001); Philadelphia Public Schools Superintendent (2002-07); Superintendent of National Recovery School District in New Orleans (2007-11). Worked in post-earthquake school districts in Haiti and Chile (2010-12). Principal of Bridgeport, Connecticut (2012-14). Chief Administrative Officer, Chicago State University (2017-18)

Political Experience: In the 2002 Democratic gubernatorial primary, he narrowly lost to Rod Blagojevich, placing second in a category that also included Roland Barris. As governor Pat Quinn’s candidate for lieutenant governor, he lost in the 2016 general election to Republican Bruce Rauner and lieutenant governor Evelyn Sanguinetti. In the 2019 Chicago mayoral election, he was 9th out of 14 candidates.

Campaign slogan: “Paul is for everyone!”

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Written by Natalia Chi

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