CHICAGO (CBS) — Dr. Amara Enyia, a community activist who was one of the first candidates to announce a bid to unseat Mayor Rahm Emanuel has dropped out of the race, and thrown her support behind Ald. Bob Fioretti.
Enyia, an attorney and community organizer who once worked for two years as a public policy fellow for Mayor Richard M. Daley, said she and Fioretti share the same vision for Chicago, and she wanted to “amplify” her message about the need to unseat Emanuel.
“The major consideration that we took into account was how do we make sure that our message is amplified around the city? When I started this campaign, I started with a vision of what Chicago could and should look like, and a message that has resonated across the city,” she said outside City Hall on Wednesday.
Enyia cited the cost of fighting challenges to her nominating petitions as she endorsed Fioretti.
“We overcame many challenges to get to this point, until we reached a point where we had to decide. Do we risk our message not getting out? Do we get tied up in things that serve as a distraction to a campaign? Or do we make sure that we can have a voice in determining what this election looks like, in having a voice and a say, and making sure that we can create the kind of city that we want,” she said.