Friday, March 9, 2018 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews
Featured image: Maywood Mayor Edwenna Perkins during an event in 2014. | File
The mayor of Maywood recently took issue with the inclusion of her name on a piece of campaign material produced by Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin (1st)
Mayor Edwenna Perkins was featured on a list of elected officials who are endorsing the commissioner for reelection. Boykin is running for his second term against Brandon Johnson, a Chicago Public Schools teacher and union organizer.
“Despite what’s been said, I am not endorsing anyone in the March 20 Democratic Primary election,” Perkins said. “I have no bone in that race.”
When contacted about the promotional material on Friday afternoon, Boykin said that the inclusion of the mayor’s name was a minor staff oversight and that her name wasn’t included in any other piece of campaign material.
“She told me when I met with her that she would send a letter out, but she didn’t want to do an endorsement,” Boykin said. “One of my people put her name down with one of the mayors who have endorsed us. It’s not a big issue.”
Boykin added that the mayor had agreed to circulate a document reminding residents “of the more than $1 million in transportation money I’ve brought to Maywood,” the commissioner said. “She said she’d be glad to let people know what I’ve done.”
When reached by phone Friday, Perkins agreed with the commissioner about the contents of the letter, but insisted that the letter come from Boykin’s campaign — not her.
“He was going to send me a letter that I needed to look at to see if it’s OK and give it back to him,” Perkins said. “He’d send it out on his own. I wasn’t going to put it out. I told him I can’t support him.”
Perkins said that her refusal to support the commissioner’s candidacy is based on his alliance with U.S. Rep. Danny K. Davis. Perkins, expressing frustration with the congressman, claimed that during her campaigns in 2013 and 2017, Davis went on the radio and said that former mayor and sitting trustee Henderson Yarbrough would “make a better mayor than me.”
On Friday, Boykin didn’t sound too fazed about the mayor’s retraction, having announced that numerous other suburban mayors, including Broadview Mayor Katrina Thompson, Oak Park Mayor Anan Abu-Taleb and Forest Park Mayor Tony Calderone, are all endorsing him.
Boykin also has the support of Davis, Cook County Recorder of Deeds Karen Yarbrough, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart and Chicago businessman Willie Wilson, among other political heavyweights. VFP
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