Four Out of the Race for Chicago Mayor

-By Warner Todd Huston

The man that is renting Rahm Emanuel’s Chicago house announced today that he’ll drop his bid to run against the former White House chief of staff.

Emanuel tenant Rob Halpin told reporters that the financial burden — as well as the legal hurdles — of running for mayor was simply too much for him to incur.

The board of elections also removed three candidates from the ballot due to the candidates not having enough ballot signatures to satisfy the minimum requirement of 12,500 signatures.

The three removed were M. Tricia Lee, only had 700 valid signatures; Jay Stone, had a mere 246; and Ryan Graves had duplicate signatures.

With Lee’s removal from the ballot, that puts Rahm Emanuel in the second spot on the ballot.
Certainly many more will be removed as time rolls onward, but here is the list as it stands now:

Mayoral Candidates

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)

Danny K. Davis – Current U.S. Representative 7th District, Austin Neighborhood

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

James T. Meeks – Current Illinois State Senator 15th District, West Pullman

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

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