In Chicago’s history, only one woman, Jane Byrne, has ever been elected to the mayor’s office. In Chicago’s history, only one person of color, Harold Washington, has been elected to the mayor’s office. Never in Chicago’s history has a woman of color been elected Mayor of Chicago, but that will invariably change on April 2.
There are two candidates who have qualified for the runoff election to decide who will be Chicago’s next mayor: Toni Preckwinkle, the Cook County Board of Commissioners President, and Lori Lightfoot, the chairwoman of the Chicago Police Accountability Task Force. I endorse Lightfoot’s campaign, and I encourage Chicagoans to vote for Lightfoot on April 2
Lightfoot, who, if elected, would become Chicago’s first openly-lesbian mayor in addition to becoming Chicago’s first female mayor of color, is running on a progressive reform platform, including, but certainly not limited to:
- Making Chicago’s school board directly-elected, like every other K-12 school board in the State of Illinois
- Getting illegal firearms off the streets and treating gun violence as a public health issue
- Expanding the scope of services available to homeless Chicagoans and making housing more affordable
- Reducing police misconduct and implementing civilian oversight of the Chicago Police Department (CPD)
- Getting rid of political corruption in Chicago
- Supporting Chicago’s small businesses, including businesses owned by female and non-white Chicagoans
- Eliminating food, pharmacy, and health care deserts
- Creating good jobs in Chicago
- Addressing the needs of LGBTQIA+ Chicagoans
- Ensuring that CPD cannot cooperate with federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
- Responsibly legalizing and taxing recreational marijuana
Lightfoot’s platform might be the most comprehensive political platform that I’ve ever seen from a political candidate for any office. Granted, much of what is in Lightfoot’s stated platform cannot be unilaterally done by the mayor’s office in Chicago, but it’s very clear that Lightfoot is fully committed to bringing progressive values to Chicago’s mayoral office.
Lori Lightfoot is not beholden to machine politics and wants to make Chicago a better and more progressive city, and I encourage Chicago voters to vote for Lightfoot in the April 2 mayoral runoff.