-By Warner Todd Huston
Yet another announced candidate for Chicago Mayor has dropped his bid for the top seat. Wilfredo De Jesus announced Friday that he is giving up his quest and is throwing his support over to Gery Chico.
It really looks like a three person race at this point. Rahm Emanuel, Gery Chico, and Carol Moseley Braun.
If anyone is marking their race cards, an activity so woefully prevalent in Chicago, that leaves still campaigning: Two Hispanics (Gery Chico, Miguel Del Valle)
Three blacks — two of whom are women (Carol Moseley Braun, Patricia Van Pelt Watkins, and William Walls III)
One Jewish candidate (Rahm Emanuel)
One lonely white dude (Fredrick K. White)
Oh, and three unknowns that have no chance at all, who don’t even have a website, and aren’t worth mentioning… but you can see their names below.
Here are the candidates that are left in the race (and more of these will be dropping soon enough, too):
Rahm Emanuel – Former U.S. Representative 5th District, West Town, White House Chief of Staff
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)
Miguel Del Valle – Chicago City Clerk, Belmont
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
Tyrone Carter – Austin, Music Producer, Author
Fenton C. Patterson – ??, Englewood
Howard Ray – ??, Humbolt Park