Chicago

Ald. Ray Lopez bows out, will seek reelection

Southwest Side Ald. Raymond Lopez is dropping out of the race for Chicago mayor and as a substitute will seek re-election to the City Council, he introduced Monday.

Lopez, who’s in his second time period representing Back of the Yards, Brighton Park and West Englewood, has been a frequent Lightfoot critic and launched a protracted shot bid to succeed her earlier this year.

While Lopez has been a vigorous campaigner, visiting neighborhoods all through the town, he has not been in a position to elevate as a lot money as a few of his rivals. Aldermen not often announce runs for mayor, largely as a result of they can not run for reelection and pursue the town’s prime job on the identical time. In this cycle, although, two different aldermen have additionally declared a problem to Lightfoot: Roderick Sawyer and Sophia King.

Lopez stated his resolution was “for the good of the city” as a result of “a crowded field only serves to benefit the mayor. Lightfoot must be defeated to save Chicago.”

At a information convention Monday, Lopez stated declined to endorse one other candidate however contended Chicagoans are “tired of the gaslighting” and “virtue signaling.”

In response to a question in regards to the current addition of progressive U.S. Rep. Jesús ‘Chuy’ García into the race, Lopez stated: “We can’t have her standing up to someone who’s an extremist in a potential primary and saying, ‘Look, I’m the normal one in the race.’” Lopez declined to outline extremist.

Lopez has been one of many metropolis’s most outstanding aldermen since getting elected in 2015. Since 2019, Lopez has feuded with Lightfoot and accused her of being unfavourable, petty and vindictive — traits that a few of Lopez’s critics say he shares. Lightfoot, in flip, has accused Lopez of “carrying water for” indicted Ald. Ed Burke, Lopez’s ward neighbor and ally.

In earlier elections, Lopez has pushed again efforts to defeat him by progressive teams and generated a fame as one of many council’s most conservative members, significantly on crime.

After a mass taking pictures in Brighton Park, Lopez stated he was grateful “that no innocent lives were lost” and referred to as out members of the group for what he stated was their complicity within the violence, drawing intense criticism from some residents.

Still, he has been powerful to beat within the fifteenth Ward, which he will seek to signify for an additional 4 years.

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