Mayor candidates to make it official soon

Danny Davis

November 11, 2010 2:55:13 PM PST
Potential candidates in the Chicago mayoral race are expected to make their campaigns official in the next few days.

Meanwhile, one big issue is already taking center stage in the race.

ABC7 has learned new details in the days before the Board of Elections starts accepting nominating petitions. Some mayoral hopefuls are planning to their campaigns more official.

Former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel is expected to make his candidacy official Saturday, but the path has been riddled with potholes. During a visit to the Little Village area Wednesday, someone threw an egg at his entourage. He brushed it off.

Also, the tenant of his North Side home who he reportedly tried to get to move out when he returned to Chicago says he is thinking about running for mayor. Businessman Rob Halpin decided to stay in the home instead of breaking his lease.

"I've never been involved in politics, I'm a businessman and I've talked to them about it and based on what I've learned from them and what I know about myself, I think I'd be a pretty good mayor," Halpin told ABC7.

Mayoral hopeful Congressman Danny Davis is planning to formally commit to the race Sunday. Davis has been low-key about his plans but did pick up the support of a coalition of African-American leaders last weekend.

And in a preview of what could be the hottest topic of the race, two candidates have already slammed Mayor Daley and the city council for the sale of the city's parking meters. Carol Moseley-Braun says it's the voters number one issue, and Gery Chico criticized the mayor and city council for wasting the city's money.

"I'm going to get this deal out of the way, and get a fair deal for the people of Chicago," Moseley-Braun said.

"The question is, 'Where did the money go?'" Chico said.

Candidates can file with the board of elections from November 15 to the 22. Each of them needs 12,500 valid signatures to get on the February ballot.


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