201 Miles to Springfield: John Fritchey

September 7, 2010

IL Rep John Fritchey (D-DePaul West) joined the ranks of potential mayoral candidates this week as the Chicago News Cooperative announced he was considering running.

“I think the public right now wants to have a viable option for mayor,” Fritchey told the Chicago News Cooperative. “Whether I’m that option, I don’t know.”

NBC 5’s Ward Room political blog noted Fritchey has tried for 5 offices in 3 years.

“There’s no doubt we need a real debate in the real choice in the mayor’s race — Daley hasn’t faced a serious challenge in 22 years,” Edward McClelland writes, in the Ward Room. “Fritchey is a more experienced politician than Waguespack, but their shared constituency — white, North Side reformers — has never been a strong base for a citywide race.”

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