Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot to announce re-election campaign to donors on Tuesday – NBC Chicago

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is set to announce her 2023 re-election campaign on Tuesday at a private event for donors and close allies at River North, sources told NBC 5 political reporter Mary Ann Ahern.

Although Lightfoot has yet to publicly announce that she will be running for re-election, she has hinted as much in interviews and at events, and she has raised funds to do so. In April, Lightfoot told the Chicago Sun-Times she would seek a second term.

In 2019, Lightfoot made history by becoming Chicago’s first black female mayor and the city’s first openly gay mayor. She also scored a landslide victory in all 50 wards against her opponent, Cook County Commissioner Toni Preckwinkle.

During her tenure, Lightfoot has been criticized by a number of groups, ranging from the Chicago Teachers Union in 2019 for her handling of the teachers’ strike that year, to the ACLU in 2022 over the Millennium curfew. Lightfoot Park for unaccompanied minors.

Currently, six other candidates have announced their candidacy for mayor in 2023: State Rep. Kam Buckner, Police Officer Frederick Collins, Ald. Ray Lopez, Ald. Roderick Sawyer, former Chicago Public Schools CEO Paul Vallas, and Chicago businessman and philanthropist Willie Wilson.

Ten other candidates, including Fraternal Order of Police President John Catanzara and CTU President Jesse Sharkey, are also considering running, sources told Ahern.

Lightfoot is expected to publicly announce his re-election campaign on Wednesday.

NBC Chicago

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