Susana Mendoza Officially Announces Run For Mayor

'I'm Susana Mendoza and yes, I am running for mayor.'

Craig Dellimore
November 14, 2018 - 10:58 am
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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- "I'm Susana Mendoza and yes, I am running for mayor."

Just days after she was elected Illinois State Comptroller, Susana Mendoza has, not surprisingly, announced her candidacy for Chicago mayor.

A video clip was leaked earlier this month declaring Susana Mendoza's candidacy, but that clip does not appear in the official video announcement released Wednesday.

In a slickly produced, two-minute video titled 'Future', Susana Mendoza describes her early life in Chicago and how her parents fled the city because of gun violence in their neighborhood.

"As a kid, it wasn't my choice to leave the city, but after college it was my choice to come back and try to make a difference. Because when I see a problem, I need to fix it," she said in the campaign video.

She also talks about her faith in the schools and the city, as well as her intentions if elected. 

"The job of mayor isn't for a caretaker. Every Chicagoan deserves a mayor who every waking moment, every day asks herself one fundamental question: did I do enough?"

With her statewide name recognition and fundraising abilities, Mendoza will likely be among the front runners in a wide field that already includes Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, former Commerce Secretary Bill Daley, former Chicago Public Schools Chief Paul Vallas, and former city official and lawyer Gery Chico. 

"It's time to make the city work for everyone," Mendoza said. "This election is about the future of Chicago and I believe in that future."

Mendoza has been a strong ally of House Speaker Michael Madigan and was an outspoken backer of Governor-elect J.B. Pritzker.

Read below for a full transcription of Mendoza's campaign video:

Chicago is so many things: gritty, hardworking, welcoming.

It’s time to make this city work for everyone. This election is about the future of Chicago and I believe in that future.

Yes, we have challenges. And the challenges people face in the city are my challenges too.

We live in a middle-class neighborhood and we pay high property taxes. My child goes to a Chicago Public School and we’re proud to be Chicago Public School parents for the next 13 years.

Safe neighborhoods, good schools, high property taxes, they’re not just issues to me. I live them too.

I was born in the city of Chicago. I lived in the Little Village community on the Southwest Side. Violence was an issue then too. I know what it feels like to be scared to walk to school. And then, there was a shooting right on our block.

My parents were like so many parents traumatized by gun violence every day in this city. They felt like they had to leave.

No family should have to leave their city because their neighborhood isn’t safe.

Every parent in Chicago should be able to expect that when they send their child to a neighborhood school, they will get a good education, and most importantly they’ll come home safely.

As a kid, it wasn't my choice to leave the city, but after college, it was my choice to come back to try to make a difference. Because when I see a problem, I need to fix it. I just can’t sit on the sideline.

The job of Mayor isn’t for a caretaker. Every Chicagoan deserves a Mayor who every waking moment, every day asks herself one fundamental question:  Did I do enough?

No matter what our challenges, we can tackle them-together. There is nothing we can’t do.

I’m Susana Mendoza and yes, I’m running for Mayor. We can shape Chicago’s future together. Let’s get to work.