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Rev. Jackson: Here's How Minority Candidate Can Win With Emanuel Gone

September 04, 2018 - 6:11 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The Rev. Jesse Jackson said Mayor Emanuel's decision not to seek re-election presents minority and progressive voters with an opportunity they have not seen in years.

Many have tried to reassemble the coalition that twice elected Harold Washington mayor, but no one has succeeded.

A lack of unity has been to blame, Jackson said Tuesday in the wake of Emanuel’s announcement he won’t seek a third term.

Jackson said he expects a number of people to test the waters now.

By late November, he said, he would like the community to settle on a consensus candidate.

“One candidate, as opposed to five, is important,” he said.

Jackson said that candidate must also be well-financed and have ideas “that make the city better for all of its people.”

This mayoral race could be different because there is no incumbent to face and no anointed heir.