Who’s got the most muscle in Chicago mayor’s race?


They’re off and running. No, not the candidates for Chicago mayor. Their election attorneys.

Nov. 26 at 5 p.m. was the deadline for candidates to file signatures to get on the ballot for the Feb. 26 citywide election. For the office of mayor, candidates were required to submit 12,500 valid signatures. Many candidates doubled the required number for good measure. Why? The process is littered with cherry bombs. And skilled election attorneys know precisely how to knock someone off the ballot.

Those attorneys will spend the next few weeks examining and challenging the petitions of competitors, looking for mistakes. They’ll discuss strategy and resources and optics. They’ll assess strengths and weaknesses of opposing legal counsel. Even if a candidate files petition sheets loaded with errors, is it worth the effort to try to kick him or her off the ballot? Does anyone really want to go after businessman and philanthropist Willie Wilson, for example, who has helped hundreds of people pay their property taxes but whose petitions I’m told are problematic?

Should a mayoral hopeful challenge an opponent’s petitions to tie him or her up in court? Or skip the challenge process, buckle down and hope for good ballot position? The lottery for ballot positions is Dec. 5, and the candidates who filed first — Wilson, former Chicago Public Schools CEO Paul Vallas, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and attorney Jerry Joyce — will be competing for the coveted No. 1 slot.

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November 27, 2018 at 12:54PM

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