Will Local Aldermen Run For Mayor?

By Laura Pearson | Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Mayor Richard M. Daley announced today that he would not run for his seventh term. Photo by Kate Gardiner.

Maybe. With Mayor Daley’s statement this afternoon that he will not be seeking reelection comes a crescendo in discussion about potential mayoral candidates.

Down in Roscoe View, there’s no shortage of potential candidates, including Ald. Scott Waguespack (32nd), who, in light of today’s announcement, may be changing the course of his run for office – from alderman to mayor.

Ald. Thomas Tunney (44th) is another name being tossed about in discussion, though he told the Reader that he’s not a candidate at this point. For now, he thinks we need time to absorb Daley’s announcement.

Meanwhile Center Square neighbor, and Presidential Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, is still staying mum, but is slated to come to Chicago next Monday morning for a private fundraiser for Colorado Congresswoman Betsey Markey. No word on if those plans have changed.

Ald. Pat O’Connor (40th) has been rumored as a potential candidate for mayor and Ald. Dick Mell (33rd) was once a potential candidate to replace Mayor Harold Washington.

Meanwhile, Chicagoans are wasting no time in debating who’s fit for office. Stayed tuned for more details as to whether any of these aldermen will run for mayor.

Mike Fourcher contributed to this story.

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