Who are the Chicago mayoral candidates? –Chicago Tribune

Chicago voters will go to the polls on February 28 to vote for mayor, 50 council seats, city clerk and city treasurer.

There are nine candidates for mayor of Chicago. Here’s what you need to know about each of them.

State Representative Kam Buckner

Since joining the mayoral race, Buckner, a self-described progressive Democrat, has waded into some of Springfield’s hottest issues, has been steadily implementing policy proposals, including improving CTA service and safety , advance the city’s environmental commitments and fill vacancies in Chicago. Police department. Read more here.

US Representative Jesus “Chuy” Garcia

Born in Durango, Mexico, Garcia was a young protégé of Latino community activist Rudy Lozano, who was a rising political star before he was killed by a gang member. With the help of Harold Washington, Garcia won election as a Democratic caucus member for the 22nd District in 1984. Garcia worked his way up to Congress over the next three decades. Read more here.

Activist Ja'Mal Green

Ja’Mal Green is a community activist and businessman who made a name for himself during the protests over the murder of Laquan McDonald by Chicago police. He previously ran for mayor in 2019 until he withdrew amid a challenge to his signature and remains the youngest candidate this election cycle. Read more here.

Cook County Commissioner Brandon Johnson

Brandon Johnson has served on the Cook County Board of Commissioners since 2018, when he defeated incumbent Richard Boykin in District 1 that covers Chicago’s western suburbs and west side. Johnson is the son of a pastor and worked as a social studies teacher at the Edward Jenner Academy in Cabrini Green until 2010. Read more here.

Ald.  Sofia Rey, 4th

Sophia King has represented District 4 which stretches along the lakefront from the South Loop to Bronzeville since 2016, when she was appointed to replace Ald. Will Burns. She is the only woman to challenge Lightfoot for mayor in 2023 and is known for working to rename Lake Shore Drive after Jean Baptiste Point DuSable, Chicago’s black founder, as well as pushing for a pay raise. minimum to $15. Read more here.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot

Mayor Lori Lightfoot shocked Chicago’s political establishment in 2019 when she defeated Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle in a landslide. Much of her tenure has been spent leading the city through COVID-19 and dealing with high crime, which has skyrocketed in 2020. Read more here.

Ald.  Roderick Sawyer, sixth

The son of Eugene Sawyer, the former alderman and mayor who took office after the death of Harold Washington, Rod Sawyer has represented the 6th District on the Chicago City Council since 2011. Before becoming a alderman, Sawyer operated his own law firm lawyers focused primarily on licensing issues. . Read more here.

Former Chicago Public Schools CEO Paul Vallas

A former city council member who has campaigned as a seasoned administrator and innovative thinker, Paul Vallas rose to local prominence as CEO of the Chicago Public Schools, serving under Mayor Richard M. Daley. He ran unsuccessfully for governor in 2002, losing to Rod Blagojevich in the Democratic primary, for lieutenant governor in 2016 losing to Pat Quinn to Bruce Rauner, and for mayor in 2019. Read more here.

businessman willie wilson

Willie Wilson ran for mayor in 2015 and 2019; he traveled the country as part of an unlikely campaign for president in 2016, where he appeared on the ballot in a handful of states; and he challenged US Senator Dick Durbin in 2020. Read more here.