Former Schools CEO Paul Vallas Will Run For Chicago Mayor

Steve Miller
March 28, 2018 - 7:20 pm
Paul Vallas

Paul Vallas


CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Paul Vallas, the former head of Chicago Public Schools, is running for mayor, his attorney said Wednesday.

"We're filing our statement of organization with the state board of elections on Sunday, so it will be reported on Monday,” Burt Odelson said. “The name of the committee is Paul Vallas for Chicago. It is the beginning of his race for mayor."

Odelson, an attorney specializing in elections issues, described Vallas as a "smart, smart guy who has answers to the many problems of Chicago - the crime, the schools, the budget."

Vallas ran for lieutenant governor when Pat Quinn ran for governor in 2014; they lost to the Republican ticket led by Bruce Rauner. The 64-year-old Vallas also ran for the Democratic nomination for governor in 2002, losing to Rod Blagojevich.

The field of mayoral hopefuls hoping to beat incumbent Rahm Emanuel is beginning to get crowded, he now has five challengers. Former Chicago police superintendent Garry McCarthy, whom Emanuel fired, and Chicago businessman Willie Wilson have both recently announced mayoral bids.