WINDY CITY TIMES
||REPORTS: Tunney will not run to be Chicago mayor
by Matt Simonette
This article shared 614 times since Fri Nov 11, 2022
Outgoing Ald. Tom Tunney (44th ward) will not be among the challengers to incumbent Mayor Lori Lightfoot in the upcoming city election, according to multiple reports.
Tunney's decision was first reported Nov. 10 in Chicago Tribune.
The openly gay Tunneya Lake View businessman and longtime HIV/AIDS activistannounced last August that he would not be returning to the Chicago City Council. Tunney's longtime office chief, Bennett Lawson, almost immediately announced that he would be running to fill Tunney's post. Tunney was considering the mayoral run at the behest of former Ald. Richard Mell, Chicago Sun-Times reported.
The field of politicians challenging Lightfoot in February is already crowded. U.S. Rep. Jesus "Chuy" Garcia entered the race Nov. 10. He'll be among nine challengers to the incumbent Mayor. Garcia previously ran against Lightfoot's predecessor, Rahm Emanuel, in 2015. That contest went into a runoff, where Garcia was defeated by Emanuel.
Chicago Tribune's article is at tinyurl.com/bddjyy9r. Chicago Sun-Times' article on Mell and Tunney is at tinyurl.com/3a625tra.
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