Chicago mayoral candidate Lori Lightfoot joined the Chicago Mayoral Forum on The Great Displacement tonight. The forum was sponsored by Action Now, Chicago Teachers Union, Grassroots Illinois Action, SEIU Healthcare Illinois Indiana, and United Working Families.
“The question is this: who can you trust?” said Lightfoot in her closing statement. “I got in this race back in May because I saw disparities in our city becoming worse. I grew up in a working-class family, I struggled financially, and I’ve been denied opportunities based on race, gender, and sexual orientation. So I know we can do better and I know we need a leader who reflects our values.
“That’s why I didn’t hesitate when Rahm Emanuel was on the ballot: I jumped in, fought him, and we drove him out. So you should think about who you can trust: someone who waited until Rahm Emanuel was out or someone who called it as she saw it, faced hard truths, and has fought for you every day.
“We have an opportunity in this election to speak our values—to elect a leader who understands, who will put people first, and who will reflect your lived experiences in government. If you want the same old, same old, you have an a la carte menu of candidates. But if you want an independent leader, unbought and unbossed, as Shirley Chisholm said, I’m your candidate.”