Community Activist Ja’Mal Green Enters 2023 Chicago Mayoral Race – Chicago


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Another candidate has entered the 2023 Chicago mayoral race.

Community activist Ja’Mal Green posted a youtube video on Monday, announcing his intention to enter the mayoral race.

“It’s time for new leadership to lead us into a future we can all believe in,” Green says in the video. The video goes on to describe some of Green’s initiatives, including reducing gun violence, increasing home ownership, and establishing universal Pre-K.

According to his website, Green’s top priorities are public safety, city government modernization, economic development and climate change.

The mayoral race is a very crowded field so far, as six other candidates have announced their intention to challenge incumbent Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, who last week announced her re-election campaign.

Here’s who Green will join in the 2023 Chicago mayoral race:

Ald. Raymond Lopez (15th district)

López officially launched his candidacy for the mayoral race on April 7, calling the city a “rudderless ship” in need of new leadership.

“Now is the time to give our great city the compassion and leadership it deserves. I’m in, and I look forward to Chicago joining me,” she said in a statement.

Lopez is currently a councilmember for Ward 15, which includes West Englewood, Gage Park, Brighton Park and Back of the Yards.

Dr Willie Wilson

For the third time, businessman and philanthropist Dr. Willie Wilson will be throwing his hat into the ring and running for mayor. Wilson announced his career on April 11.

He says he will bring some big changes to the city if elected, including hiring several police superintendents to tackle violent crime and removing the city’s COVID vaccination mandate for employees.

“You have to talk to people. You have to communicate,” he told the Chicago Sun-Times in criticizing Lightfoot’s leadership style. “There is no communication (with Lightfoot) unless it is negative. If she doesn’t go the way she wants, she takes it personally.”

State Representative Kam Bucker(D)

Representative Kam Bucker joined Chicago’s 2023 mayoral race on May 12.

Buckner, a Democratic member of the Illinois House of Representatives from District 26, located entirely in the city of Chicago, is the head of the Black Caucus in the House.

While he’s only been in the General Assembly for four years, Bucker played a key role in a recently passed criminal justice reform bill and says he hopes to draw on those kinds of experiences in his campaign.

Buckner prioritized safety and investment in education during his initial walkthrough to discuss his candidacy.

“If you talk to someone in Chicago, ask them if they feel safer,” he said. “Ask them if they feel there is a plan for our school system. If they’re business owners, ask them if they’re getting support and a lot of the answers will be no.”

fredrick collins

chicago police officer fredrick collins he announced his second run for mayor of Chicago on May 15.

The 29-year police veteran said he plans to address the “deadly crime waves and carjackings that have plagued our city” and left residents feeling “unsafe and fearful.”

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Collins previously ran for mayor in 2015, but dropped off the ballot while facing a challenge to his nomination petitions. Before that, he lost the Republican primary in his bid to unseat US Rep. Bobby Rush (D) in 2012. Then, in 2016, he ran as a Democrat when he challenged Rep. Danny Davis (D), but dropped out before the primary. .

Paul Fences

Former Chicago Public Schools CEO Paul Vallas announced his intention to run for mayor of Chicago on June 1.

Vallas was CEO of Chicago Public Schools from 1995 to 2001. A year later, in 2002, Vallas faced and narrowly lost to Rod Blagojevich in the Democratic primary for Governor of Illinois.

“Chicagoans from all corners of the city have encouraged, and more recently, urged me run for mayor,” Vallas said in a statement.

“It goes without saying that there is deep concern about the state of our city and its future as violent crime rises, a broken school system fails students and their parents, and a runaway budget leaves residents paying taxes. higher property prices and reduced services.

Ald. Roderick Sawyer (District 6)

The current City Council member and son of former Mayor Eugene Sawyer entered the Chicago mayoral race on June 2.

“I want to give people a more collaborative option, where every voice matters,” López told the Chicago Sun-Times in an interview. “The current administration’s style of government is a top-down form of government. not being taken into account [Lightfoot’s] partners, which is us as aldermen. Also, the citizens of Chicago.”

Sawyer, 59, is Lightfoot’s handpicked chairman of the City Council’s Health and Human Relations Committee and a former chairman of the council’s Black Caucus.

Sawyer is a councilman for the 6th Ward, which includes Chatham, West Chesterfield, Greater Grand Crowing and part of Englewood.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot officially announced on June 7 her candidacy to run for mayor again in 2023.

“I don’t look like or resemble any other mayor we’ve ever had before, and I’ve had to fight to get a seat at the table. And, like so many in our city, I have had to fight to make my voice heard,” Lightfoot said in a campaign video posted Tuesday.

“This is why I will never back down from fighting every day to turn your voice into action,” he continued.

Lightfoot was elected to the position in 2019 and has vowed that with the possibility of another term as mayor, she will work to make the city “safer, fairer and more equitable for all.”

Three years ago, Lightfoot made history when she became Chicago’s first openly gay, female, black mayor. She also won a landslide victory in all 50 districts against her opponent, Cook County Commissioner Toni Preckwinkle.

During his time in office, Lightfoot faced criticism from various groups, from the Chicago Teachers Union in 2019 over its handling of the teachers’ strike that year, to the ACLU in 2022 regarding its Millennium Park curfew for unaccompanied minors.


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