Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot, who is facing a crowded field, is seeking re-election next year, and she’s touting some of the progress she’s made during her administration.
Lightfoot attended a groundbreaking ceremony on Tuesday for a new south Chicago cityscape improvement project, a $43 million project that she says has been under discussion for decades.
“I heard from some people today that this has been in the making for 20 years,” she said. “It’s also philanthropic investment that it inspires, and that’s where the magic really happens with INVEST South/West.”
Lightfoot faces a tough reelection campaign, with nine other candidates potentially running against her. Earlier this week, one of her nominees dropped out at her 15-year-old.th Ward Aldo. Ray Lopez declined consideration and instead submitted a petition to the city council for re-election.
“It’s not even worth saying anything about it,” she said. “Look, here’s the thing. Politics always comes with its time. What I focus on every day is doing the work that people have chosen me to do.”
Lightfoot received some criticism for her comments about this weekend’s mass shooting at an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado, where five people were killed and at least 18 injured. Critics accused her of focusing on nationwide gun violence without expressing concern about her home problems.
She disputes the allegations, saying efforts are being made every day to stop gun violence in the city.
“We are far from our goal. I won’t be satisfied until Chicago is the safest metropolis in the country,” she said.
Lightfoot says he believes his resume will help him win the next election, but also intends to highlight his vision of what a second term might look like. says.
“The work isn’t done yet, so we need to keep reminding people what our vision is, not just what we’ve accomplished,” she said.