State Representative and 32nd Ward Democratic Committeeman John Fritchey will not run for mayor. In a statement released today he cited his recent Democratic primary nomination to the Cook County Board as well as the need to care for his teenage daughter.
“While it is impossible to know what the future may hold, at this juncture in my life, I can see no means by which I would be able to simultaneously fulfill both responsibilities with the passion and attention that I believe they each deserve,” said Fritchey in his written statement.
Last February Fritchey easily won the Democratic nomination to replace outgoing Cook County Board Member, Forrest Claypool. He also ran a failed special election campaign in April 2009 to replace then-Congressman Rahm Emanuel after Emanuel was appointed Chief of Staff to President Barack Obama. Mike Quigley won the special election to replace Emanuel.
Fritchey’s State Rep. district includes most of the western part of the Center Square Journal coverage area, between Lincoln Avenue and the Chicago River, as well as most of Ravenswood Manor. Springfield lobbyist Ann Williams won the Democratic nomination to replace Fritchey.
A PDF of Fritchey’s release can be found here.