Chicago Mayor’s Race: De Jesus Drops Bid, Endorses Chico

-By Warner Todd Huston

Yet another announced candidate for Chicago Mayor has dropped his bid for the top seat. Wilfredo De Jesus announced Friday that he is giving up his quest and is throwing his support over to Gery Chico.

It really looks like a three person race at this point. Rahm Emanuel, Gery Chico, and Carol Moseley Braun.

If anyone is marking their race cards, an activity so woefully prevalent in Chicago, that leaves still campaigning:

Two Hispanics (Gery Chico, Miguel Del Valle)
Three blacks — two of whom are women (Carol Moseley Braun, Patricia Van Pelt Watkins, and William Walls III)
One Jewish candidate (Rahm Emanuel)
One lonely white dude (Fredrick K. White)

Oh, and three unknowns that have no chance at all, who don’t even have a website, and aren’t worth mentioning‚Ķ but you can see their names below.

Here are the candidates that are left in the race (and more of these will be dropping soon enough, too):

Mayoral Candidates

Rahm Emanuel – Former U.S. Representative 5th District, West Town, White House Chief of Staff

Carol Moseley Braun – Former U.S. Senator, Hyde Park resident

Gery J. Chico – Former President of the Board of Trustees of the Chicago Public Schools, Downtown Chicago (Loop)

Miguel Del Valle – Chicago City Clerk, Belmont

William Walls III – Community Activist, former aide to Mayor Harold Washington, Galewood

Patricia Van Pelt Watkins – Community Activist, CEO of Target Area Development Corp., E. Garfield Park

Fredrick K. White – City Employee, Logan Square

Tyrone Carter – Austin, Music Producer, Author

Fenton C. Patterson – ??, Englewood

Howard Ray – ??, Humbolt Park
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Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago based freelance writer. He has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and before that he wrote articles on U.S. history for several small American magazines. His political columns are featured on many websites such as Andrew Breitbart’s,, and, as well as,,,, among many, many others. Mr. Huston is also endlessly amused that one of his articles formed the basis of an article in Germany’s Der Spiegel Magazine in 2008.

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