About this Race: The mayor is the chief executive of Chicago and presides over the City Council. The mayor also has the power to appoint numerous positions, including the Chicago Police Department’s superintendent and the Chicago Fire Department’s commissioner, the CEO and board of the Chicago Public Schools, the heads of city departments, and the boards of bodies such as the CTA, the Chicago Park District and the Chicago Public Library.
An unusually large field of candidates is running to replace Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who made the surprise announcement in September 2018 that he would not run for a third term.
- 2019 Runoff Election
Find out more about the mayor candidates in the runoff election.
“We cannot solve our financial problems on the backs of our residential property owners.”
“We must set higher expectations and demand safer streets in every neighborhood.”
“Together, we can build a “Chicago Comeback” that becomes a model for the nation.”
“The status quo uses neighborhood difference as tools to divide us; as though what Ravenswood needs is any different than what Englewood requires.”
Neal Sales Griffin
Did not participate in the WTTW Chicago Voters’ Guide.