Paul Vallas announces 2023 race for Chicago mayor – NBC Chicago
Former Chicago Public Schools CEO Paul Vallas announced Wednesday that he will run for mayor of Chicago in 2023.
“Chicagoans from all corners of the city have encouraged, and more recently, urged me to run for mayor. It goes without saying that there is deep concern for the state of our city and its future as violent crime escalates, a failing school system fails students and their parents, and a runaway budget forces residents to pay higher property taxes and reduced services,’ Vallas said in a statement.
Vallas served as CEO of Chicago Public Schools from 1995 to 2001. A year later, in 2002, Vallas ran against Rod Blagojevich and narrowly lost in the Democratic primary for governor of Illinois.
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After the election, Vallas left Illinois to become superintendent of schools in Philadelphia, then the Recovery School District in Louisiana. In 2011, he became Superintendent of Schools in Bridgeport, Connecticut.
“Over the past few years, I have presented a better vision for Chicago with concrete solutions to our most pressing issues that are well documented in numerous editorials, news stories and on social media,” Vallas’ statement continued.
“Chicago is ready for a leader to guide them with more than poll-tested rhetoric and empty promises; one with specific plans and the know-how to execute those plans. I will be ready to transform our city as soon as first day. “
Aldus. Ray Lopez (15th) and Chicago businessman Willie Wilson also announced races for 2023.
Although Mayor Lori Lightfoot has not announced a 2023 mayoral race, she has hinted that it will be coming soon.