* This may happen, but don’t bet too much money on it yet…
Ald. Tom Allen (38th) said Monday he would not be a candidate in the March 3 special primary election to succeed former U.S. Rep. Rahm Emanuel, opening the door for City Council colleague Pat O’Connor (40th) to nail down the Democratic Party’s pivotal endorsement.
Why do I say that? Here’s one reason…
Ald. William Banks (36th) said Monday he will convene the slatemaking session in two or three weeks, giving a field that once included 22 candidates a last chance to narrow.
“Whoever has the weighted vote becomes the candidate of the party. If nobody does, it becomes an open primary,” Banks said.
Banks is likely to end up with Rep. John Fritchey, who announced his candidacy yesterday via his FaceBook page. Fritchey also has a high profile position on the impeachment committee, which is getting him a ton of earned media right now. And he’s a ward committeeman himself.
UPDATE: Ald. Banks, I’m told, is supporting O’Connor for the seat.
* Here’s another reason…
When developer George Ardelean came to Ald. Patrick O’Connor seeking support to build a senior housing project in the 40th Ward, he already had a long-standing business relationship with the alderman’s wife.
Barbara O’Connor had sold luxury town homes elsewhere in the city for the builder, who now wanted the alderman’s backing for the proposed nine-story, 187-unit apartment building at 6000 N. Ravenswood Ave.
Patrick O’Connor did everything in his power to promote the project, and Barbara O’Connor sold more homes for Ardelean.
The rumors about him being a placeholder for Rahm Emanuel might not sit well with voters, either.
* I’ve posted this before, but let’s do it again…
State Rep. Sara Feigenholtz (D-Chicago) said Friday she has raised $300,000 in her bid to succeed Rahm Emanuel in Congress, making her the early fund-raising leader for the seat vacated when Emanuel joined the Obama White House. […]
University of Chicago economics lecturer Charlie Wheelan has announced he has raised $100,000. Former Homeland Security official Justin Oberman reports raising $140,000. Doctor Victor Forys says he has raised $160,000. County Commissioner Mike Quigley said he expects to match Feigenholtz’s numbers. Several aldermen and others are weighing a run.
Feigenholtz has to be treated as a serious contender as well.
* Bored Now takes a look at candidate websites. One caveat: Deborah Mell is out of the race.
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