State Rep. Kam Buckner jumps into Chicago mayor’s race to fight ‘pandemic of violence’

State Rep. Kam Buckner jumps into Chicago mayor’s race to fight ‘pandemic of violence’

CHICAGO (TOC) — Democratic State Rep. Kam Buckner is leaping into Chicago’s mayor’s race. He made it official Thursday, although the announcement had been anticipated for greater than two months.

Buckner represents the twenty sixth District, which is positioned completely throughout the metropolis of Chicago, together with Bronzeville, Douglass, Hyde Park, Kenwood, River North, Downtown, South Chicago, South Shore and Woodlawn.

“My identify is Kam Buckner, and I am saying my candidacy to be the following Mayor of Chicago,” Buckner mentioned at a gathering with supporters within the South Loop.

Earlier, Buckner sat down to speak one-on-one about why he is getting within the race.

“The extra I discuss to folks in my neighborhood and across the metropolis, the extra apparent that was to me that folk do not feel protected,” Buckner mentioned. “They do not really feel like there is a plan for his or her security.”

Buckner mentioned security is a high concern for him and the whole metropolis. His plan would come with investing extra in prevention packages.

“We have to deal with this pandemic of violence the identical manner we handled the pandemic of COVID,” Buckner mentioned. “It means to do no matter is important to get it eradicated.”

When requested if he’s saying that Mayor Lori Lightfoot has failed town, Buckner replied: “What I am saying is that if I assumed that town was transferring in the best course, I would not be sitting right here speaking immediately as a candidate for mayor.”

Mayor Lightfoot’s marketing campaign workforce went on the offensive.

“Being Mayor of Chicago requires the type of toughness that Kam Buckner hasn’t proven in his public life. When others stood as much as Madigan and instructed him it was time to go, Buckner voted to maintain him in energy. You’ll be able to’t tackle the machine if you’re a part of it,” Lightfoot marketing campaign spokesperson Christina Freundlich mentioned in an emailed assertion.

Lightfoot’s workforce can be anticipated to make a problem of Buckner’s two DUI arrests, to which he pleaded responsible. In each, police mentioned he was discovered handed out behind the wheel.

“I am a state rep,” he might be heard telling the officer in Springfield.

One from 2019 was captured on police physique cam video obtained by The Middle Sq.. The opposite was from 2010. The police report exhibits his blood alcohol stage was reported as 0.18.

“I’ve made errors. I’ve made missteps,” Buckner mentioned. “And I have been very open and sincere and clear about these. And I’ve held myself accountable.”

Since then, he mentioned he has grow to be a greater individual, together with changing into the Chair of the Legislative Black Caucus.

“This marketing campaign will not be anti-anybody,” Buckner mentioned. “This marketing campaign is pro-Chicago.”

Buckner mentioned he’s lining up monetary assist and dealing on getting the backing of the enterprise neighborhood, which has reportedly been on the lookout for a alternative for Lightfoot. The mayor mentioned she can be making her reelection announcement quickly.

Chicago businessman Willie Wilson has introduced that he’ll run for a 3rd time, and there nonetheless are a variety of potential mayoral candidates nonetheless ready within the wings.

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