201 Miles to Springfield: Mayoral race

The decision by Mayor Richard Daley to not seek another term of office continues to dominate the local political news. Among the local pols here is the current scorecard:

  • IL Comptroller Dan Hynes (D-North Center), disappointing run for IL Gov
  • Ald Eugene Schulter (D-North Center), has an $800K war chest available. Has no city-wide organization
  • Cook County Commissioner Forrest Claypool (D-Graceland West), in a release to the media earlier this week indicated he would not run
  • IL Rep Greg Harris (D-Uptown), in a statement to the Bulldog said he would not run
  • James Houlihan (D-Lakeview East), retiring assessor. Will he get a bounce from a Claypool win?
  • IL Rep John Fritchey (D-DePaul West), in a release to the Bulldog today said he would not run
  • IL AG Lisa Madigan (D- St Bens), indicated to the Bulldog she will concentrate on the run for AG
  • Congressman Mike Quigley (D-Lakeview)
  • Ald Pat O’Connor (D-Budlong Woods), disappointing run for open 5th Congressional District seat and Cook County States Attorney
  • WH Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel (D-Old Ravenswood), labor opposition likely. Doesn’t play nice with others
  • former IL Gov Rod Blagojevich (D-Ravenswood Manor), is prevented by law from running
  • Ald Scott Waguespack (D-32 Ward), probably facing a challenge from Fritchey-backed opponent

201 Miles to Springfield: John Fritchey

IL Rep John Fritchey (D-DePaul West) joined the ranks of potential mayoral candidates this week as the Chicago News Cooperative announced he was considering running.

“I think the public right now wants to have a viable option for mayor,” Fritchey told the Chicago News Cooperative. “Whether I’m that option, I don’t know.”

NBC 5′s Ward Room political blog noted Fritchey has tried for 5 offices in 3 years.

“There’s no doubt we need a real debate in the real choice in the mayor’s race — Daley hasn’t faced a serious challenge in 22 years,” Edward McClelland writes, in the Ward Room. “Fritchey is a more experienced politician than Waguespack, but their shared constituency — white, North Side reformers — has never been a strong base for a citywide race.”