Karen Lewis Will Not Run For Mayor

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis will not run in the upcoming mayoral election, according to a statement released Monday afternoon.

“Karen Lewis has decided to not pursue a mayoral bid,” Jhatayn “Jay” Travis, coordinator of the Karen Lewis Exploratory Committee, said in a statement. “Yet she charges us to continue fighting for strong schools, safe neighborhoods, and good jobs in every community.”

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Last week, Lewis was hospitalized and had emergency surgery for what CTU officials called a serious illness. Lewis’ withdrawal from the race leaves Ald. Bob Fioretti as Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s only challenger in the February election.

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