Ald. Ray Lopez drops bid for Chicago mayor

Ald. Ray Lopez (15th), announcing his run for mayor in April. On Monday, he dropped out of the race.

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Ald. Ray Lopez, one of Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s most vocal critics on the Chicago City Council, dropped his mayoral bid on Monday, saying it would increase the chances that someone would unseat the incumbent.

“This was not an easy decision for me,” Lopez said Monday. “I’ve been probably one of the if not the largest critic of the mayor and her administration, holding her feet to the fire at every turn. But I also know that this can’t just be about me.”

Lopez made his announcement at the Chicago Board of Elections, where candidates were lining up Monday morning, the first day that petitions for mayor and other municipal offices could be filed.

No sitting City Council member has been elected mayor of Chicago in at least 125 years. Two sitting members — Michael Bilandic, and Eugene Sawyer — were chosen by the council as acting mayors after the deaths of mayors Richard J. Daley and Harold Washington. Bilandic, as acting mayor, won a special election in 1977 to serve out Daley’s term but lost in 1979 to Jane Byrne. Sawyer lost a special mayoral election to Richard M. Daley in 1989.

Lopez, a former skycap for Southwest Airlines, represents a ward that includes Brighton Park, Gage Park, New City, West Englewood and Back of the Yards.

Lopez has a track record of standing up to both Lightfoot and to the violent street gangs who terrorize his constituents. His home and his ward office have been repeatedly targeted by vandals apparently determined to …read more

Source:: Chicago Sun Times

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