US Rep. Mike Quigley will not run for mayor of Chicago in 2023 – Chicago Tribune

US Representative Mike Quigley announced Thursday that he will not run for mayor of Chicago in 2023.

The announcement follows weeks of speculation that intensified earlier this month when he launched a local political campaign committee and surveyed potential voters about a run. Quigley also considered a race in 2019 after Mayor Rahm Emanuel stepped down but decided not to enter the race.

Quigley, a longtime Chicago resident who has represented Illinois’ 5th Congressional District since 2009, said in a statement Thursday morning that he considered running for mayor but was unable to because of the crisis in Ukraine. He said he would have “relished the opportunity to get Chicago back on track” 10 years ago, but “if I’m completely honest, at 63, I don’t think my family and I can make this kind of commitment.”

“After much consideration, I simply cannot walk away from my duty to safeguard democracy, fight for American values ​​abroad, and defend the brave Ukrainian people in their moment of greatest danger,” said Quigley, a member of the U.S. Select Committee on Intelligence. the camera. and also co-chair of the House Ukrainian Caucus. “Campaigning to serve as mayor of Chicago would not allow me to fulfill this critical obligation.”

Earlier this month, the congressman created the Quigley for Chicago political committee. Documentation on file indicated that the committee’s purpose was “to support Mike Quigley for public office.”

Mayor Lori Lightfoot has not formally declared that she will run for re-election but is widely expected to seek a second term. In January, she told the Tribune that her job as mayor is not over “and I’m not giving in to anyone.”

Chicago businessman Willie Wilson has announced that he intends to run for mayor. Ald. Raymond López, 15, has also announced that he intends to run. Former United States Secretary of Education Arne Duncan considered running but decided against it.

Lightfoot released a statement Thursday praising Quigley as “a consistent and dedicated advocate for his constituents and Chicagoans.”

“As we face these difficult times abroad, I respect Representative Quigley’s leadership in trying to end the war in Ukraine and his efforts to safeguard democracies around the world,” Lightfoot said. “I look forward to continuing to work with him and his staff to ensure that Chicago receives its fair share of federal dollars and that we continue to elevate the needs of our Chicago communities in Washington, DC.”

So far, the race does not have a bold name with a successful track record of raising large sums of money or a track record of garnering broad political support. Quigley’s potential candidacy drew interest from Chicago’s business community and North Side residents seeking an alternative to Lightfoot.

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Lightfoot is expected to face a challenging re-election campaign. He has done particularly poorly among the city’s white voters and among Latinos, according to sources who were not authorized to speak publicly. Chicago’s population is roughly one-third white, one-third black and one-third Hispanic, but the city’s 17 majority-white constituencies accounted for 44% of the vote in the first round of the 2019 election.

Add in two other majority-Latino districts that are also home to predominantly white neighborhoods with large numbers of public employees and that’s 19 districts that account for about half of the city’s vote.

Those are the voters Lightfoot will have to win over as he runs for re-election.

Lightfoot’s critics and allies generally agree that he is doing better with black voters than others, but that is potentially threatened by Wilson’s entry into the race. He won most of the black rooms in 2019 and helped push his campaign on the south and west sides with his endorsement.

During his more than three years in office, Lightfoot has faced spikes in crime, has not had as transparent an administration as he promised, and has engaged in constant fights with unions representing Chicago teachers and police, all while struggling to forge good relationships with politicians or leaders. in the business community of the city.

Still, Lightfoot cannot be ruled out.

Concern in any form has power. He has earmarked roughly $3 billion in federal funds for city projects and has launched a series of programs aimed at reversing one of the biggest criticisms of Emanuel’s tenure: divestment in Chicago neighborhoods, especially on the South and West Sides. Lightfoot can also make the case that he deserves more time to finish the job after facing the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic and some of the city’s most significant civil unrest since the 1960s.

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