Cook County Clerk David Orr considers run for Chicago mayor: ‘The city needs to go in a different direction’

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Cook County Clerk David Orr, who’s not seeking re-election after seven terms in that office, is mulling a run for Chicago mayor, he said Wednesday.

“The truth is I am looking at it,” Orr said. “I want to see the city go in a different direction.”

Orr, who will turn 74 next month, has a storied history in Chicago politics. As 49th Ward alderman in the 1980s, he was an “independent Democrat” allied with Mayor Harold Washington. After Washington’s death, Orr served as interim mayor for one week.

Orr defeated two candidates, including one backed by the Democratic machine, in 1990 to win his current office. He was often mentioned as a candidate for higher office, but never took the leap.

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September 5, 2018 at 05:18PM

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