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State rep joins Chicago mayoral race
2022-05-13

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On May 12, Illinois state Rep. Kam Buckner announced his candidacy for Chicago mayor, stating, "We cannot wait a day longer for a safe and just Chicago for all of us," The Chicago Tribune reported.

Buckner pledged a more collaborative Chicago with "a mayor who brings people together"—an apparent criticism of current Mayor Lori Lightfoot.

Buckner, 37, said Chicagoans "aren't afraid of a strong mayor," or one who, like the unnamed Lightfoot, uses "cuss words."

Lightfoot campaign spokeswoman Christina Freundlich responded to news of Buckner's announcement by trying to link him to disgraced former state House Speaker Michael Madigan.

Buckner joins Ald. Raymond Lopez, businessman Willie Wilson and media owner DJ Doran as challengers who've officially announced they are running for mayor. Lopez and Doran are openly gay.


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