Da­ley to run again

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

Chicago Mayor Richard M. Da­ley an­nounced Dec. 11 he will run for a sixth term, a move that could put him in of­fice longer than his leg­endary fa­ther.

“I’m proud of what we’ve ac­com­plished to­gether to im­prove the lives of the peo­ple of Chicago,” Mr. Da­ley, 64, said in an­nounc­ing his re-elec­tion bid.

The mayor will be fac­ing some toughques­tion­sthis­timearound,in­clud­ing deal­ing with the fall­out from fed­eral in­ves­ti­ga­tions into il­le­gal po­lit­i­cal pa­tron­age and pay­offs at City Hall.

Mr.Da­ley­has­not­beenac­cusedof any wrong­do­ing. His for­mer pa­tron- age chief, how­ever, faces al­most four years in prison for en­gi­neer­ing a scheme to hide pol­i­tics-based hir­ing by city of­fices. Other city work­ers have been caught up in bid-rig­ging and bribery scan­dals.

Mr. Da­ley had been look­ing at two formidableop­po­nents—Demo­cratic U.S.Reps.LuisV.Gu­tier­rezandJesse L. Jack­son Jr. But af­ter Democrats won con­trol of Congress last month, the two con­gress­men chose to keep the higher-profile po­si­tions await­ing them in Wash­ing­ton.

Other can­di­dates who have said they­in­tend­torun­for­may­orareCook County Cir­cuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown and William “Dock” Walls, a for­meraidetothe­lateChicagoMayor Harold Wash­ing­ton.

Mr. Da­ley was first elected mayor in1989.Ifhewin­sre-elec­tiononFeb. 27and­ser­ves­the­full­term,hewil­l­be­come Chicago’s long­est-serv­ing mayor.His­fa­therserved­for21years be­fore dy­ing while in of­fice.

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