CHICAGO (CBS) — After repeatedly meeting with both Mayor Rahm Emanuel and challenger Jesus “Chuy” Garcia over the past few weeks, businessman Willie Wilson threw his support behind Garcia in the upcoming runoff election.
“This is history,” he said. “The city of Chicago will now receive its first Latino mayor.”
Wilson finished third in the February election, but with Garcia and Emanuel headed to a runoff, and polls showing a very tight race, both the mayor and his challenger courted Wilson for an endorsement.
After pressing both candidates to open some of the 50 schools Emanuel closed two years ago, and to eliminate the city’s red light cameras, Wilson said the mayor’s refusal to do either led him to endorse Garcia.
He made the official announcement Thursday morning at the Chicago Baptist Institute, which Wilson chairs.
Former state Sen. Rickey Hendon, a Wilson campaign backer, introduced Wilson as “the leader of the African-American community” and Garcia as “the next mayor of the city of Chicago.”