CHICAGO (WLS) – It’s not uncommon for politicians to be shy about their re-election plans and we often hear that they want to talk to their families about it. But on Monday, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot left open the possibility that she might walk away after a term.
“Sixteen months after a global pandemic, a massive economic upheaval, a surge in violence. This is not a gimmick,” said Mayor Lori Lightfoot of her re-election.
Now the question is, could she follow in the footsteps of the mayors of Atlanta and Seattle who announced they would resign after one term? Lightfoot leaves the door open.
“When you get into office, you have an idea of where you are going. I certainly had that myself, and I still do,” said Lightfoot. “But the world and fate have a fun way of leading you in a different direction.”
An early mayor’s supporter said he wouldn’t be surprised if Lightfoot moved away from town hall in two years.
“I’ll take her word for it. And remember, she’s different,” said former Cook County Clerk David Orr. “She wasn’t a lifelong desire, she wasn’t in office much, she doesn’t need the job politically or financially. And of course it was probably the hardest time I can think of for some of the mayors of a. Big city, especially Chicago.”
Lightfoot said with all the challenges the city is currently facing, from the violence to the ongoing pandemic, residents deserve their full attention on running the city, not on re-election.
“My re-election is currently not a priority for me,” said Lightfoot. “It will be something we will talk about later as a family, but it is not now.”
Lightfoot didn’t set a schedule for when she would make a decision, but she does have time as she is only halfway through her term in office.
“She’s a tough cookie and she’s a fighter,” Orr said. “If she thinks there is more than she can do and she’s the one to do it, then I assume she will come back.”
While Lightfoot’s campaign has $ 1.1 million on its disposal, it raised only $ 10,000 in the second quarter that ended June 30, according to recent filings.
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