Former Chicago Alderman Robert Shaw is challenging Mayor Rahm Emanuel in next year’s mayoral election.
Shaw started his campaign Thursday by criticizing Emanuel for closing public schools and cutting retiree benefits.
“You’ve got to be fair, and to get up and come out to a school and shake some kids’ hands, that won’t get it. That won’t cut it,” said Shaw. “I think he took (the African-American vote) for granted the last time, and African-American people elected him. And it has not been reciprocal as far as he’s concerned.”
The last time Shaw was elected into office was ten years ago.
He is now 77 years old.
“There will be a campaign season,” Mayor Emanuel told the Chicago Tribune when asked about Shaw. “We’re in the governing season. And the best way to get ready for the campaign season is do your job in your governing season.”