U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley declines to run for Chicago mayor; Lightfoot yet to announce re-election run

U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley declines to run for Chicago mayor; Lightfoot yet to announce re-election run

CHICAGO (TOC) — Mayor Lori Lightfoot is on the verge of formally saying her plans to run for reelection as a doubtlessly formidable candidate introduced that he is not going to be operating for mayor.

Lightfoot’s plans to run for a second time period could be the worst maintain secret in Chicago politics. She has hinted for weeks that an announcement is coming quickly.

She walked proper to the sting of an announcement telling the Chicago Solar-Instances Thursday afternoon: “The problem is when is the announcement, and that may come quickly. I imply, I am supplying you with each indication of what the longer term goes to carry. The query is simply formally saying it. And we’ll try this quickly.”

The information got here hours after U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley, who has represented Chicago’s North Aspect since 2009, introduced he was not going to leap within the race.

“Effectively I believe it shifts the taking part in subject in Lori Lightfoot’s favor for the second,” ABC7 political analyst Laura Washington stated. “He was seen as a promising candidate who had the flexibility to lift cash, appeal to assist from the enterprise group.”

In a press launch Thursday morning, Quigley cited his work because the co-chair on the Home Ukrainian Caucus as a motive why he cannot step away to run for mayor.

He only recently returned from a visit to the Poland-Ukraine border.

“The excellent news is, in my journey over there, we noticed that urgency,” Quigley stated. “We noticed the truth that heavy weaponry is now transferring and Ukraine is certainly getting what they want.”

“I am involved that the West could also be pondering, effectively, Ukraine is profitable,” Quigley stated. “To begin with, that is higher terrain for the Russians. Second, shorter provide traces, classes discovered, and the truth that you’ve got obtained a really offended Putin right here.”

Quigley issued a press release saying, “The battle in Ukraine is not only about territory in Japanese Europe. It’s a battle between democracy and authoritarian rule, a rigidity taking part in out throughout the globe. Stopping Putin’s genocidal battle in Ukraine will save 1000’s of harmless lives whereas sending an unequivocal message to tyrants all over the world: the free world is not going to stand in your aggression and brutality.

“On this most up-to-date journey with my colleagues from the Intelligence Committee, it grew to become clear our work will proceed for months, if not years. After a lot consideration, I merely can’t stroll away from my obligation to safeguard democracy, combat for American values overseas, and get up for the courageous Ukrainian individuals of their time of most peril. Campaigning to function Mayor of Chicago wouldn’t permit me to satisfy this essential obligation.”The good metropolis I really like faces unprecedented challenges on crime, colleges, fairness and monetary issues that demand 100% full-time dedication from our mayor. At age 53, I’d have relished the chance to get Chicago again on monitor. If I am being fully sincere, at 63, I do not assume my household and I could make this sort of dedication.

“As a senior Member of the Home Appropriations committee, I’ve a particular accountability to ship the essential investments for transportation, housing, and healthcare Chicago wants to show itself round. Shirking that obligation to run for mayor could be letting my metropolis down in its time of nice want.

“To those that have inspired me to run over the previous couple of weeks and months, your belief and type phrases have been humbling. I thanks from the underside of my coronary heart, and stay up for your concepts and assist as I keep at my submit, combating for Chicago and our shared beliefs overseas.”

Quigley’s determination to remain out of the mayor’s race adopted an analogous determination from Arne Duncan again in March when he stated he wouldn’t run.

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

Quigley’s determination to remain out of the race might have an effect at the very least on a few of them as they proceed to weigh their choices.

In response to Quigley’s determination Mayor Lightfoot launched a press release saying, “Congressman Quigley has been a constant devoted advocate for his constituents and the residents of Chicago. As we face these difficult instances abroad, I respect Rep. Quigley’s management in making an attempt to finish the battle in Ukraine and his efforts to safeguard democracies the world over. I stay up for persevering with to work with him and his workers to make sure that Chicago will get its fair proportion of federal {dollars} and that we proceed to carry up the wants of our Chicago communities in Washington, D.C.”

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