CHICAGO — Could the Daley dynasty continue?
Bill Daley, the son and brother of Chicago’s two longest serving mayors, is throwing his hat in the ring for the 2019 Chicago mayoral race.
In a surprise announcement last week, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced he would not seek re-election to a third term. At the time, he said he did not yet believe his successor was in the race.
Now, Bill Daley is set to announce his candidacy on Monday. Daley, 70, previously served as U.S. Secretary of Commerce under President Bill Clinton and as one of President Barack Obama’s chiefs of staff.
Daley has name recognition, a resume of service, and fundraising ability.
But former alderman and current UIC political science professor Dick Simpson asks: “Do we want another Mayor Daley, or is two enough?”
“He’s probably got more knowledge of running this city than a lot of the newcomers,” voter Lamar Frazier said. “This is a Daley town, you understand? Since Richard J. Daley, the legacy goes on, right?”
“[Bill Daley] certainly has name recognition,” Simpson said. “He has the ability to raise some money. It’s not clear he has any precinct operation. That’s going to be very telling in this particular round.”
Some voters said they don’t want the campaign to be about re-litigating the controversial decisions of Richard M. Daley.
“He may be the best qualified candidate,” Mark Rossi said, “but my gut would be: We need innovation, whether it’s diversity, youth, we need something different.”
Bridgeport native Judy Lincoln said Bill Daley’s entry will shake up the race.
“I’m amazed,” Lincoln said. “I used to be a neighbor of his on South Lowe many years ago, but I’m not really very surprised. It’s politics. He’s got the name, he’s got the recognition — and it’s going to be one interesting primary.”