How Chicago Could Get Its First Black Woman Mayor


Dorothy Brown, who’s no longer in the race, endorsed Amara Enyia for Chicago mayor on Jan. 31, which was expected to help climb in the polls.

Enyia also has some star power behind her. She has received the support of Chance the Rapper and Kanye West, both from Chicago. Chance the Rapper announced that he planned to hold a concert for Enyia on Feb. 9, WGN-TV reported.

But crossing the line first in a crowded field of candidates could depend on getting the support of Black women voters

.With Mayor Rahm Emanuel not seeking re-election, this is a wide-open race, according to a poll released on Jan. 25.

It started as a huge 21-candidate competition during the November filing period. The field has narrowed to 14 candidates, which is still crowded. Several women of color are in the race. Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, who is Black, has been among the candidates leading in the polls. She is the first black person to chair the Cook County Democratic Party and the first woman to head the county board.

Enyia, a community activist, polled at Read More

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