Alderman Raymond Lopez, who has been a fierce critic of Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D), said he will attempt to unseat her in 2023.
Lopez said, “Chicago, I’m in!” during an announcement on Wednesday.
“I love my City, and, like most Chicagoans, I am sick and tired of watching Chicago flounder at the hands of a rudderless ship,” Lopez said. “The time is now to provide our great City with the compassion and leadership it deserves. I’m in, and I hope Chicago will join me.”
Lopez has had a lot of media attention recently, but he has not raised the amount of money most people think he will need to defeat Lightfoot.
“I’m a man of conviction. I’m a man who stands up for what he believes in — even when it’s unpopular. Even when it’s unsafe. That’s the kind of mayor Chicago needs right now. Someone who’s willing to stand up for something. Not a panderer,” he said.
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