Comptroller Susana Mendoza demurs on mayoral run speculation, doesn’t rule out a candidacy

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Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza on Wednesday said she’s focused on her re-election efforts in November amid questions about whether she’d run for Chicago mayor next year.

Mendoza was mentioned as a possible mayoral candidate in the hours after Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced he wouldn’t seek a third term next year, and sources said she was making calls to gauge support.

After a speech to the City Club of Chicago on Wednesday, the first-term Democratic comptroller said she was “fielding a lot of calls yesterday.” She did not say whether she’d join the crowded mayoral field, which is expected to grow between now and November when candidacy papers need to be filed.

“I’m not thinking about mayor right now,” she said. “I’m thinking about the next 62 days. … I think I would be great at any job I do, and I would never run for an office if I don’t think I’m the best person for that office. Right now I’m running for comptroller.”

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September 5, 2018 at 04:36PM

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