CHICAGO — Ald. Roderick Sawyer announced Thursday that he plans to run for Chicago mayor.
The 59-year-old has served as the 6th Ward alderman for 11 years and is the son of former Mayor Eugene Sawyer.
In an interview with the Sun-Times, Ald. Sawyer said Mayor Lori Lightfoot “doesn’t play well in the sandbox” with others and is not the right fit.
Lightfoot picked Sawyer to serve at the chair of the city council’s Committee on Health and Human Relations. He was also a chair on the council’s Black caucus.
With crime being one of the biggest issues this election, Sawyer said Lightfoot’s curfew is a red herring and does not address the deeper problem of crime among children.
Sawyer joins a growing list of candidates including Businessman Willie Wilson, fellow Ald. Ray Lopez, State Rep. Kam Buckner and former CPS CEO and City Budget Director Paul Vallas, who just announced his candidacy on Wednesday.
Lightfoot has not officially announced her bid for reelection, but is expected to do so soon.