Monday, April 23, 2018 || By Wendell Hutson || @maywoodnews
Featured image: Dorothy Brown during a Sunday press conference held to announce her bid for Chicago mayor. | Wendell Hutson
Cook County Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown announced Sunday her second candidacy for mayor of Chicago, and this time she has the support of two west suburban mayors.
Maywood Mayor Edwenna Perkins and Bellwood Mayor Andre Harvey stood with Brown at the podium during a press conference at Chicago Hilton Towers attended by more than 100 supporters.
“Dorothy has always stood with the residents of Bellwood and that’s why I am here to support her,” said Harvey. “She will make a great mayor for all of Chicago.”
“I can’t think of any reason why I would not support ‘Downtown’ Dorothy Brown for mayor,” said Perkins. “The Village of Maywood is within Cook County and I have had the pleasure of working with Dorothy Brown for the betterment of Maywood residents.”
Brown said she thought long and hard about her decision to run. She said she ultimately decided on the effort after looking at the problems facing the city, such as crime, failing schools and rising taxes.
“I will work towards a Chicago where all communities are clean, safe and violence-free. I will work towards a Chicago where every Chicagoan has hope, and because of that hope, we’re not known around the world for crime and police brutality,” Brown told supporters.
As an attorney and certified public accountant, Brown was elected to a fifth term as circuit court clerk in 2016 despite the Cook County Democratic Party endorsing another candidate. She previously ran for city treasurer in 1999; Chicago mayor in 2007; and president of the Cook County Board of Commissioners in 2010.
The 2019 Chicago mayoral election will pit Brown against six other candidates all vying to defeat Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who is seeking a third term.
And while more candidates are expected to enter the race, so far businessman Willie Wilson, Chicago Principals Association President Troy LaRaviere, tech entrepreneur Neal Sales-Griffin, community activist Ja’Mal Green, former Chicago Public Schools CEO Paul Vallas, and former police superintendent Garry McCarthy have all declared their candidacy.
But despite a federal investigation, which alleges Brown accepted bribes in exchange for jobs in her county office, Brown said is running for mayor because “the citizens of Chicago and Cook County have elected me five times.
“They trust me. I am a proven leader,” she said. Brown has not been charged with any crimes and has denied any wrongdoing. VFP
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