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African American Chicago mayoral vote could be splintered

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A group of African American political activists in Chicago got together to try to find one strong African American candidate to back for mayor. The process--a bit drawn out--did not yield that result.

Chicago Sun-Times report on the coalition deciding to back Rep. Danny K. Davis (D-Ill.) after announcing a few days before their top two finalists--former Sen. Carol Moseley Braun (D-Ill.) and Board of Tax Review's Larry Rogers.

Meanwhile, state Sen. James Meeks (D-Chicago), is running for mayor no matter what. Rogers is the least known of the four and its not known if he would have the resources to run on his own.

Moseley Braun is running no matter what.

So instead of one African American candidate, there are at least three. That's now how Harold Washington won election as Chicago's first African American mayor.

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I have lived in Chicago and this area for most of my life so I have lived through the race battles for mayor in the 1980's. Today the issue of race may still be the major deciding factor for politicans but not so much for the average voter. Although race maybe one consideration for voting, I believe that for most people it will be based on who they believe can best represent and lead the city in the future. Personally, I would vote for purple or blue as long as they were not a Republican (or a Republi "can't").

Braun and Meeks are waiting for the payoff. That is obvious. I'm sure Rahm's people are going to be making the call sooner or later.

Thats also how Mayor Daley was elected winning over Mayor Sawyer. Sawyer was the incumbent mayor and Alderman Evans ran aganist him setting the stage for a splinter within the African-American community. It's about to happen again! 20 some odd years later...and we still haven't LEARNED NOTHING!!!!and we wonder why OUR community is in the shape its in...what a pitiful shame....

Lynn why don't you tell the whole story these groups picking Mayoral candidates are all members of the Daley crowd they are not Independents or progressives this is not the group that picked Harold Washington this groups job is to keep the Black community split not to get it united your article is twisted.

NONE OF THE MENTIONED CANIDATES ARE QUALIFIED TO GET MY VOTE FOR MAYOR. ROGERS-WHO IS HE AND WHAT DO HE HAVE O OFFER AS MAYOR; MEEKS-JUST WANTS HE TITLE;BRAUN-HAS BEEN OUT OF THE LOOP FOR SO LONG; DANNY K - I WASN'T FOND OF HIM WHEN THERE WAS MENTION OF HIM BEING ASSOCIATED WITH GANGBANGERS MY VOTE GOES TO THE PERSON BLACK, WHITE OR MEXICAN (ANY RACE) THAT CAN ANSWER WHY O YOU WANT TO BE MAYOR OF CHICAGO

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