Boykin Announces Reelection Bid, Rules Out Run Against Preckwinkle

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 

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3 thoughts on “Boykin Announces Reelection Bid, Rules Out Run Against Preckwinkle”

  1. All I can say is that I wish Boykin all the best. I’m glad that he stood up to Cook County President Preckwinkle about the sugar tax beverage that is affecting a lot of residents in Cook County. What he is trying to do is when Congressman Danny K. Davis retires as a U.S. Congressman, Boykin is going to take his place. What will Boykin will bring to the table to make progressive changes in the 7th Congressional District?! Nothing.

  2. All we EVER hear from anyone that holds political office is BS. Boykin, for instance, keeps crying that guns are a problem and we need to get rid of them. I challenge Boykin to provide a solid, do-able plan/solution to make this happen. But he can’t provide it – NONE of the politicians can – they have NO clue how do do this. All they do is flap their lips and shoot their mouths off.

    1. THE MAYWOOD WATCHER: I totally agree with what you typed. Boykin, Congressman Danny K. Davis, and others apart of the old school Chicago political machine, that is really not representing the citizens of the 7th district. They said that they’re progressive and about social changes, but haven’t really did nothing with their community, or got their hands dirty. This is why residents of the 7th district must do a very thorough research on who is selecting their candidates. Attend the town hall meetings, ask the hard questions, and hold them accountable.

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