Alderman Roderick Sawyer joins growing field for candidates for mayor of Chicago

Alderman Roderick Sawyer joins growing field for candidates for mayor of Chicago

CHICAGO (TOC) — A future mayoral run was not within the playing cards for Roderick Sawyer when Lori Lightfoot first took workplace however the sixth Ward alderman’s frustration with the mayor’s administration type is why he stated it is time to soar within the race.

Sawyer introduced Thursday that he’ll be part of the race within the 2023 Chicago mayoral election.

“I believe I can provide an choice and a approach the place’s its extra collaborative, extra participating coping with my colleagues in council [and] coping with residents,” Sawyer stated.

Sawyer, who was first elected in 2011, stated Lightfoot makes use of a top-down administration type. He stated she holds grudges towards aldermen who supported her opponent within the final election, together with himself.

“I used to be by no means known as in for recommendation or ideas,” Sawyer stated.

The 59-year-old, who represents elements of Chatham and Englewood on the South Facet, has many ideas on how the mayor ought to take care of the primary problem of crime.

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“I’d let the superintendent do their job,” he stated.

If elected, Sawyer stated he plans to fireside Chicago Police Supt. David Brown and substitute him with somebody throughout the division much like former superintendents Eddie Johnson or Phil Cline.

“These are the kind of law enforcement officials that earn the respect of rank and file officers all through the town,” Sawyer stated.

Towards the mayor’s current curfew for teenagers, Sawyer stated violence could be curbed if cops return to being cops.

“We have grow to be overly reliant on police for too many issues versus what they’re actually presupposed to be targeted on, which is catching dangerous guys – criminals,” Sawyer stated.

Sawyer is becoming a member of an already crowded subject of male candidates.

Sawyer is the second Metropolis Council member to announce a mayoral run, becoming a member of fifteenth Ward Alderman Ray Lopez. He’s additionally the sixth candidate total to announce a run, becoming a member of businessman Willie Wilson, State Consultant Kam Buckner, former CPS CEO Paul Valla and Frederick Collins, a veteran Chicago police officer.

“You one other day, one other man who thinks he can do his job higher than me, I’ll maintain doing my work. I am not going to fret concerning the of us leaping in,” Mayor Lori Lightfoot stated in response to Sawyer’s resolution.

If Sawyer is elected, he follows in his late father’s footsteps. Eugene Sawyer served as mayor for a short while from 1987-89 after the sudden dying of Mayor Harold Washington.

“As I watched my dad, I realized quite a bit how he needed to take care of individuals, how he needed to handle battle and it was a really chaotic time again then and it’s kind of of a chaotic time now,” Sawyer stated.

Sawyer stated he’ll formally kick off his marketing campaign for mayor on the finish of June and early July.

Mayor Lightfoot is predicted to announce her re-election marketing campaign subsequent week.

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