Amara Enyia Takes Aim at Emanuel in Second Bid for Chicago Mayor


The field of candidates running to replace Mayor Rahm Emanuel grew again this week when activist, organizer and policy consultant Amara Enyia officially announced her candidacy.

Enyia grew up in the south suburbs, where her father was a professor at Governors State University, but she describes a youth shuttling back and forth between there and Chicago’s North Side, among the African immigrant community. Her parents came to the United States from Nigeria, and her family has long been involved in political causes. Enyia now lives in Garfield Park on the West Side and is director of the Austin Chamber of Commerce. She previously ran for mayor of Chicago in 2015 before dropping out and endorsing Bob Fioretti.

Enyia joins Chicago Tonight for a conversation.

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