Meeks drops out of mayor's race

Thursday, December 23, 2010


State Senator James Meeks announced Thursday that he is dropping out of the race for Chicago mayor.

Meeks called on other African-American candidates in the mayoral race to also withdraw their candidacies in favor of submitting to a "caucus of clergy, elected officials, and residents whose sole purpose shall be to winnow the remaining field down to one candidate."

"Even as I continue to believe that I would be both the best prepared and the most electorally viable candidate in this race, I have chosen to lead by example," Meeks said in a release.

In his remarks, Meeks highlighted the discrepancy between the size of the African-American population in Chicago and the percentage of city contracts going to African-Americans.

"Our city's leadership seems to be colorblind; in my judgment, they simply do not seem to notice people of color," said Meeks in his statement. "We are overlooked and under-represented."

Meeks said in his statement that he was not endorsing any other candidate in the mayoral race at this time.

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