CHICAGO— It appears Comptroller Susana Mendoza intends to run for Chicago mayor.
Mendoza has repeatedly said she is not running for mayor, but rather focusing on next Tuesday’s re-election bid for comptroller.
Mendoza released a statement that said, “I am focused on the Nov. 6 election, because too much is at stake for the people of Illinois. I’m considering a run for another office and have taken steps to prepare for that should I choose to move forward but I have not made any formal decisions.”
Republican candidate for comptroller Darlene Senger demanded Friday Mendoza step down from the race. Senger wants House Speaker Mike Madigan and gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker to do the same.
“Our state has a huge fiscal problem ahead of us,” Senger said. “It's very disingenuous to ask for someone's vote to have no intention of serving in that capacity and run for the mayor of Chicago.”
In the past, Mendoza has hinted she would run for mayor if Pritzker wins the governor's race. But she would stay on as comptroller if Governor Rauner is re-elected as a means of checks and balances in Springfield.
Candidate for mayor and former Chicago police superintendent Gary McCarthy spoke out against Mendoza and reminded voters that when running for city clerk in 2010, she criticized opponent Sandi Jackson for double filing, simultaneously running for clerk and alderman.