Since there were like a million people running for mayor, it should go without saying that there is going to be a runoff taking place on April 2nd. The two candidates who received the most votes, however, are Toni Preckwinkle and Lori Lightfoot. Preckwinkle seems to have a little more help this time around though.
Chance the Rapper, who previously endorsed Amara Enyia (who finished sixth in the field of 14), recently announced at a CIty Hall conference that he will now be endorsing Toni Preckwinkle. Chance said he promises to campaign with Preckwinkle from now until Election Day. This doesn’t really come as a surprise considering his father, Ken Bennett, is Preckwinkle’s campaign co-chairman. Despite being open about the fact that he was “encouraged” to endorse Preckwinkle, Chance made it clear that he won’t be contributing any money to her cause. We saw in Enyia’s case, it may not make that much of a difference as Chance gave her a $400,000 contribution back in January and she didn’t even make it into the runoff. “I don’t have any more money for Chicago politics,” Chance said at the conference.
Money wasn’t the only thing being discussed in this conference. Lightfoot was brought up as well. Chance called her out on dishonesty and feels that she doesn’t have the best interest of Chicago’s Black youth. “Her past record as a prosecutor has not been in the best interest of young Black people in Chicago, hasn’t been entirely truthful. And even her campaign and the image that she’s created since the February election has been … very untrue,” the rapper said.
Of course, Preckwinkle is excited to have someone with such a big name and positive intentions behind her. In a news release she said, “I admire how he has used his influence to address the inequities in education and criminal justice throughout the city.” She went on even further to say, “It speaks to his nature as a public servant at heart. I look forward to collaborating with him to engage youth in the political process and on issues that matter to them.”
Regardless of who you decide you want to support, if you’re old enough to vote make sure you get out and vote. Every vote counts.
By Cierra Lemott, Junior, Brooks College Prep
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