Lori Lightfoot’s effort to increase her base past the North Aspect and north lakefront into white ethnic neighborhoods dominated by cops and firefighters took an enormous step ahead Thursday with the endorsement of 19th Ward Committeeman Matt O’Shea.
On Feb. 26, the 19th Ward led the town with a fifty five.eight % turnout that was 20 proportion points greater than the town at giant. Mayoral candidate Jerry Joyce came roaring out of that ward — the place he lives — with 9,098 votes. Bill Daley was a distant second with 2,087 votes. Lightfoot finished fourth with 1,702 votes, simply forward of Toni Preckwinkle at 1,629.
Now Ald. O’Shea is endorsing Lightfoot, setting the stage for Joyce to do the same. Sources stated Joyce already has met privately with Lightfoot.
“I appreciated her candor. She’s a straight-shooter. … It’s a new perspective. It’s constructive change. It’s extra transparent. That’s what I’m listening to from my group and across the town,” stated O’Shea, who had a prolonged meeting with Lightfoot on Tuesday.
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“I really like her power in attacking this corruption difficulty we have now. I like her experience as a former federal prosecutor. Her no-nonsense type. It’s sorely wanted. I talked to many individuals in regulation enforcement — on the federal and native degree — who’ve had working relationships together with her going back a few years who’ve advised me that’s who Lori is.”
Lightfoot praised O’Shea as an “effective and powerful advocate” for his Southwest Aspect residents and stated she’s “happy to add him to our broad and numerous coalition of help.”
4 years ago, O’Shea performed a key position in serving to Mayor Rahm Emanuel survive Chicago’s first-ever mayoral runoff.