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Karen Lewis Still Mum on Mayoral Run

CTU president criticizes Rahm, begins collecting signatures for possible run

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On the first day of school for CPS students, questions still remain as to whether Chicago Teacher's Union president Karen Lewis will run for mayor.

"The mayor of course is in a reelection fight of his life, so for some reason he's going to have to put this amazing spin on all the things that have been done," Lewis said Tuesday.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel wasn't talking about the election on the first day of school as he was busy greeting students.

Lewis still hasn't said whether she'll run -- nor has Ald. Bob Fioretti -- but she doesn't pass up an opportunity to criticize the incumbent.

"If you look at the mayor's numbers, they are dismal for a reason, and I think that's an issue, but I think what is more important is that there are people that are seriously looking for someone else to do his job," Lewis said.

Even though Lewis isn't officially in the race, she's putting a structure in place just in case. This weekend, she's holding a training session for volunteers who are collecting signatures for her petition.

Lewis is backing away from earlier statements that she would take a leave of absence from her post if she decides to run for mayor, saying now "we'll see what our members say about that."


 

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