Before The Polls: Meet Chicago's Black Mayoral Candidates

Chicago hasn’t elected a Black mayor since Harold Washington’s re-election in 1987. With six Black candidates in the 14-person race to take Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s seat, it’s possible that the city could seat its next Black mayor. In our profile series, Before the Polls, we sat down with each Black mayoral candidate to see if they have what it takes to build an equitable Chicago. Click on each image below to read their interview.

Written by Tiffany Walden | Edited by Benét J. Wilson | Design by David Elutilo
Willie Wilson*
Toni Preckwinkle**
Amara Enyia
La Shawn K. Ford
Neal Sales-Griffin
Lori Lightfoot
* We tried multiple times to schedule a sit-down interview with Willie Wilson, but to no avail. Here is a statement from his campaign: “He is not unwilling [to interview], but his schedule is very full.”
**Our initial interview with Toni Preckwinkle was scheduled for Jan. 28. In an email, her team asked to reschedule the interview because “Toni is coming down with a cold.” We tried multiple times to reschedule the interview, but to no avail.