Ald. Gene Schulter announced Thursday his intention to run for another term to represent the 47th ward, as expected. The event attracted Democratic party heavy-hitters, including two prospective mayoral candidates: Rahm Emanuel and Sheriff Tom Dart.
The event at the Excalibur nightclub in River North attracted participants in the November elections, too. Cook County Assessor candidate Forrest Claypool also spoke.
Dart is also up for reelection for his post as sheriff. Neither Dart nor Emanuel have officially announced they will run for mayor in February, but both have been acting like a candidate recently, circulating petitions.
Former Northcenter resident Emanuel joked about his desire to move back to his old house at 4228 N. Hermitage Ave., near Berteau. Emanuel rented out his home while he was living in Washington, D.C. Upon return, he offered to buy the residents out of their lease, but they refused to budge.
“It’s great to be home,” he said. “I can’t wait to get the residents out of my home. Every time I drive by I feel like I need a passport to go down Hermitage.”
Dart used the opportunity to talk about foreclosures. He recently ordered sheriff’s deputies to stop enforcing mortgage foreclosure evictions.