Several of the candidates running in the 15th and 25th Police Districts shared at a forum held last weekend why they’re running for the newly created seats. Voters will be able to select three people to serve on the police District Council in their area.
Incumbents Chris Taliaferro and Emma Mitts could face up to three contenders on the Feb. 28th ballot, depending on whether objections are filed and how election officials rule. Several candidates also filed to run for the newly created 15th and 25th Police District Councils.
Candidates wanting to represent residents of the 29th and 37th wards in the Chicago City Council began filing their petitions Monday, and so did residents seeking a seat on the new Police District Council. Candidates have until Nov. 28 to file petitions with the Chicago Board of Elections.
Ald. Emma Mitts (37th) says she isn’t upset Mayor Daley didn’t select her as chairman of the Chicago City Council’s Police and Fire Committee, which is one of the more powerful committees of the Chicago City Council. Daley instead tapped Ald. Anthony Beale (9th) to head that committee, but Mitts didn’t come out empty handed. Daley picked her as the new chairwoman of the council’s Landmarks Committee, which Beale is leaving.