It’s “challenge season” in Chicago now that the deadline for filing to run for mayor or City Council has passed. “And I anticipate there will be some difficulties. I believe that each candidate chooses whether or not to challenge someone, “said Harry Osterman, an alderman.
The Chicago Board of Election Commissioners will receive requests from the ten contenders for mayor until next Monday.
The mayor’s team announced on Tuesday that she is reviewing the nomination petitions submitted by each of her nine opponents and may take action to remove one or more of them off the ballot.
Brian Hopkins of the second ward claims that 30 volunteers opposed to Lightfoot have uncovered issues with her petitions and may do the same to her. It might get messy.
Alderwoman Sophia King said, “But I’m hopeful we can get over this point so we can truly get our message — continue to get our word out to the public.
King claims to have personally gathered some of the 37,000 voter signatures she submitted. One indication of how dissatisfied many Chicago voters are is the fact that Lightfoot and other candidates paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to gather signatures.
Alderman Ariel Reboyras stated, “I understand that some people don’t want to sign since it’s very difficult.