-By Warner Todd Huston
The theme of the race for mayor has thus far been twofold. One, will Rahm Emanuel be allowed to stay on the ballot, and two, will there be too many African Americans in the running effectively splitting the black vote all to pieces allowing Rahm to waltz in unopposed?
When we started this off a few months ago there were four black candidates. Rep. Danny Davis, former Senator Carol Moseley Braun, Reverend James Meeks, and the least known of the pack William "Doc" Walls.
Since then we've seen several of these candidates drop their bid, leaving two. First to fall was James Meeks and now the Sun-Times is reporting that Danny Davis has also given up his campaign and will be endorsing Carol Moseley Braun. That leaves two black candidates, Braun and Walls, but the Old Media is up to its tricks again by refusing to even report on Walls's candidacy instead reporting that Moseley Braun is the black's "consensus candidate."
In any case, here are the candidates that are left in the race (and some more of these will be dropped soon enough):
Carol Moseley Braun - Former U.S. Senator, Hyde Park resident
Gery J. Chico - Former President of the Board of Trustees of the Chicago Public Schools, Downtown Chicago (Loop)
Wilfredo De Jesus - Senior Pastor of New Life Covenant Church in Humboldt Park, Logan Square
Miguel Del Valle - Chicago City Clerk, Belmont
Rahm Emanuel - Former U.S. Representative 5th District, West Town, White House Chief of Staff
John Hu - Real estate broker, Rush and Division
William Walls III - Community Activist, former aide to Mayor Harold Washington, Galewood
Patricia Van Pelt Watkins - Community Activist, CEO of Target Area Development Corp., E. Garfield Park
Fredrick K. White - City Employee, Logan Square
Roland W. Burris - Chatham, Former Senator
Tyrone Carter - Austin, Music Producer, Author
Tommy Hanson - Real estate broker, River North
Fenton C. Patterson - ??, Englewood
Howard Ray - ??, Humbolt Park