State Rep. La Shawn Ford Announces Run for Chicago Mayor

The Democratic lawmaker has represented portions of the city's West Side since 2007

State Rep. La Shawn Ford announced Wednesday that he is officially running for Chicago mayor.

Ford had previously hinted at a mayoral run several times, saying on multiple occasions that a coalition of African-American leaders have encouraged him to run.

"The boost from the West Side elected officials and overwhelming grassroots engagement has pushed us one step closer to announcing a 2019 mayoral bid for Chicago," Ford said in a statement.

"We have collected three times the petition signatures needed to begin engaging the 77 Chicago communities in building one Chicago that is powered by people."

Ford is a Democratic state lawmaker who has represented portions of the city's West Side since 2007. He is a licensed real estate broker and insurance agent, according to his biography on the General Assembly's website.

He is running unopposed for re-election to the 8th House District, on the ballot in November for a sixth term in the post he hopes to abandon should his run for mayor be successful.

Ford joins a crowded field, with 17 other declared candidates running to replace Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who announced in September that he would not seek re-election.

Those candidates include Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, former Chicago Police Board president Lori Lightfoot, ex-Chicago police superintendent Garry McCarthy, former Chicago Public Schools CEO Paul Vallas, and ex-U.S. Secretary of Commerce Bill Daley, among others.

Ford was expected to make a formal campaign announcement at a Nov. 8 event at the Sankofa Cultural Arts and Business Center in the South Austin neighborhood.

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