Mayoral Candidates File Signatures, Prepare For Next Election Challenges

Craig Dellimore
November 27, 2018 - 8:00 am

Craig Dellimore


CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Now that the filing period has ended for Chicago Mayoral candidates, petition challenges will begin, when some contenders will try to knock each other off the ballot, and the campaigns will try to distinguish themselves.

After filing his nominating petitions, former Chicago School Board President Gery Chico declared new political day. He said the days of "tribal politics" should be over — defining voters as black or white or latino. 

But, his campaign issued a statement targeting the only other Hispanic candidate in the race — State Comptroller Susana Mendoza, saying she misrepresented herself as the deciding vote to end Illinois’ death penalty and for not saying if she’d keep Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson. Mendoza hurried through a response.

“I’m proud I evolved on the issue,” Mendoza said.

She said she was one of the deciding votes and had evolved on the death penalty issue. She also said she would remain focused on the future. She filed 25,000 signatures along with Dorothy Brown and Neal Sales-Griffin, putting the candidates at the lowest number of filed signatures.

Former City official and Community Activist Amara Enyia has run for mayor before; she said she’s learned a lot since then and is ready to make her voice heard among several contenders. She filed 62,000 signatures, no doubt in part because of Chance the Rapper and Kanye West’s help in supporting her campaign.

“We have done a good job of organizing across the city so it is not just me as a candidate but it is the people of this city,” Enyia said.

Former Police Board President Lori Lightfoot filed about half of that, with 32,000 signatures, but said she’s heard and can deliver what Chicagoans are demanding. She said they want change, but ever since Mayor Emanuel announced he isn't running, vestiges of the old broken machine have been coming out.

"People desperately want change," Lightfoot said.