African-American Leaders Evaluate Black Mayoral Contenders

CHICAGO (CBS) – It was a gathering of great importance Saturday for the black community.

For the first time in more than 20 years, African Americans came together to hear from potential black candidates who want to run for mayor of Chicago.

CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot was there.

One by one, 10 potential black candidates for mayor explained why they should get the endorsement of the Chicago Coalition for Mayor. The organization is made up of more than 20 African-American businesses and interest groups.

Ald. Walter Burnett (27th Ward) is the chairman of the Chicago Aldermanic Black Caucus and said it’s important the black vote is not split.

“If our community stays together … we have the momentum to really make a difference, because we have a large percentage of the vote out here,” he said.

Burnett said crime, education and jobs as important issues facing the black community.

The media was not allowed to hear candidates’ comments before voters inside Bethel AME Church. Some hopefuls talked with reporters afterward.

“The coalition should back me because I’m not a politician,” Christopher Cooper said. “The coalition should back me because I’m concerned about putting people back to work.”

Congressman Danny Davis said his 30 years of “electorial political” experience should give him the edge. William “Dock” Walls says he’s the candidate with the most support.

The group also included two state legislators, Sen. Rickey Hendon and Rep. Annazette Collins.

“We need someone who can bring everyone together and is going to fight for all of the things that we need,” Collins said.

Some potential candidates who spoke were still not fully committing to a mayoral run.

“I will be supporting whoever this group comes out, with recommendation — if it’s me, then I will run,” U.S. Sen. Roland Burris said.

Also on hand was former U.S. Sen. Carol Moseley Braun, who said she’s on an exploratory tour.

Chicago resident Angela McClellan listened to each person’s platform and said she received a lot of “good information” from Saturday’s gathering.

Each person in attendance voted for the person they felt should get the coalition’s backing. Polls will also be used to determine who gets their support. The person chosen is expected to be announced at a news conference on Tuesday.

The crowded field of declared and potential mayoral candidates also includes Latino contenders Gery Chico and Miguel del Valle, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart and former White House Chief of State Rahm Emanuel.

  • Bob Hamilton

    How can the media not treat this as the racist event that it is? Where are the protesters? If there had been a meeting to choose the best white candidate, would the media have acted the same way? No matter how well qualified and experienced a white candidate may have been, he was not welcome to this meeting. The first requirement was skin color.

  • woolfie

    Bob…..How True!!….. How True!!

  • WD

    The participants are all racist

  • Special Forces

    White America wake up already before you are in the fields picking cotton.

  • Mike

    I hear blacks complaining all of the time, but they are the ones who discriminate and benefit mostly from government and private programs.

  • Special Forces

    They want more handouts thats what it is all about,gimme gimme while we sit back and don’t contribute,except to help the crime rate go up .What a bunch of losers.


    I attended the meeting yesterday and Your reported gave some misinformation there was no vote in the room for Mayor had it been the winner would have been William Dock Walls

  • retiredteacherAZ

    How come we never see headlines like “Caucasian-American Leaders Evaluate Black Mayoral Contenders”…..but we are always bombarded with the African-American” title…….Chicago is so racist!!!!

  • Gee-reg

    How true that if there would be an all white meeting to determine the best white candidate the black technicolor reverends would be all over the news (like a certain camera loving douche named Jackson) complaining about racism. Why won’t the liberal media jump all over this, oh wait I forgot, Daley has you all trained to ignore the black racist and jump all over the first white to claim he or she is white and proud. Guess the news treats the blacks different than the whites and if the whites say anything then they are racists and the blacks are just misunderstood.

  • PeteSuspects

    I certainly hope that the Coalition For Mayor does not squander its potential influence by backing a charlatan like Larry Rogers Jr. Rogers Jr. may well be the most ignominius fraud of those with delusions of grandeur — he is clearly the lightest of the lightweights. He is up to his ears in a federal court lawsuit charging civil violations of the RICO act for operating – along with his cohorts, Berrios and Houlihan – a corrupt organization – the Board of Review and fleecing lawyers in exchange for assessment reductions. Give him the hook !!

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