Will Local Aldermen Run for Mayor? – Updated x2

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.

One such candidate is 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, Chicagoans are wasting no time in debating who’s fit for office. Stayed tuned for more details as to whether these Roscoe View aldermen will run for mayor.

Update 9/7/10 4:45 p.m.: Roscoe View neighbor Cong. Mike Quigley is not saying whether he plans to run, but doesn’t think Presidential Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel is a shoo-in.

Update 9/7/10 7:55 p.m.: Ald. Waguespack told the Chicago News Cooperative that, “The likelihood has increased but we’re still staying focused on the aldermanic race for now.”

Mike Fourcher contributed to this report.

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