Thursday, September 28, 2017 || By Local News Curator || @maywoodnews
Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin (1st), whose district covers all or parts of Bellwood, Broadview and Maywood, announced today that he will run for reelection — effectively ruling out a run against Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle. NBC 5 political reporter Mary Ann Ahern broke the news this morning.
Boykin had mulled the idea of running for board president for months. It was a tantalizing prospect considering Preckwinkle’s relative political weakness in the wake of her pivotal role in the passage of the deeply unpopular sugary beverage tax., which raised the cost of some sweetened drinks by a penny per ounce. Boykin, who voted against the tax, has been a leader in the efforts to repeal it.
Despite the unpopularity of the tax and Preckwinkle’s vulnerability, however, running a campaign against her may still have proved a formidable undertaking.
The board president has benefited from millions in advertising dollars from former New York City mayor and billionaire businessman Michael Bloomberg, who has pledged millions more to the campaigns of Preckwinkle and other commissioners who voted for the tax.
In 2012, while he was mayor, Bloomberg passed a measure that would “limit the sales of sugary drinks larger than 16 ounces,” according to a New York Times report. The measure, however, was struck down two years later by the New York State Court of Appeals.
According to Ahern’s report, “Political strategists believe Boykin, who once worked for Congressman Danny Davis, may be waiting to consider that Congressional seat when Davis chooses to retire.”
Davis, Ahern added, will run for reelection next year. Boykin could not be immediately reached for comment on Thursday afternoon. VFP