Ald. Roderick Sawyer, son of former mayor, becomes latest in race to unseat Mayor Lori Lightfoot

CHICAGO (CBS) — Ald. Roderick Sawyer (sixth) turned the latest candidate to announce plans to problem Mayor Lori Lightfoot in the 2023 election on Thursday.

Sawyer confirmed in a cellphone name with CBS 2 that he plans to run for mayor, however didn’t instantly present any additional data on his marketing campaign plans.

Sawyer, who has represented the sixth Ward on the South Side since 2011, is the son of former Mayor Eugene Sawyer, who was elected by the City Council in 1987 following the demise of Mayor Harold Washington.

The youthful Sawyer represents the identical sixth Ward his father did for 16 years earlier than the elder Sawyer turned mayor.

Roderick Sawyer can be Lightfoot’s handpicked chair of the City Council Health Committee, and a former chair of the City Council Black Caucus.

At least 4 different candidates have introduced plans to run in opposition to Lightfoot in subsequent year’s election: former Chicago Public Schools CEO Paul Vallas, millionaire Willie Wilson, Ald. Raymond Lopez (fifteenth), and Chicago Fraternal Order of Police president John Catanzara.

Lightfoot, who mentioned Thursday she plans to announce her personal re-election plans subsequent week, famous all of her declared opponents up to now are males.

“Another day, another man who thinks he can do this job better than me,” she mentioned at an unrelated occasion Thursday morning. “I’m just going to keep doing my work. I’m not going to worry about the folks who are jumping in.”

Other potential candidates who’ve been weighing bids for mayor embody Ald. Brian Hopkins (2nd), Ald. Sophia King (4th), Chicago Teachers Union vice chairman Stacy Davis Gates, Illinois State Rep. La Shawn Ford, Cook County Commissioner Brandon Johnson, and group activist Ja’Mal Green.

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