Ald. Leslie Hairston Won’t Seek Re-Election After 24 Years Serving Hyde Park

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HYDE PARK — Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) will step down from City Council in 2023,

Hairston announced Friday she would not seek a seventh term in next year’s election.

“For more than 30 years, I have held jobs serving the public and it is time for me to look at the next chapter of my life,” Hairston said in a statement. “While I haven’t made any decisions yet, rest assured it will be active, engaged and committed to making my community better. It just will not be as alderperson.

“It has been an honor for me to represent and serve one of the most independent wards in the city of Chicago. I hope the next alderperson will continue in the same 5th Ward tradition and serve with integrity, independence and perseverance.”

Hairston was elected to City Council in 1999, and re-elected in 2003, 2007, 2011, 2015 and 2019.

She narrowly beat out community activist William Calloway in a bitter 2019 election, winning by just 179 votes in the first runoff she faced as alderperson. Hairston’s victory capped a long, dramatic campaign marred by homophobia, accusations of money mismanagement and violence.

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August 26, 2022 at 04:22PM

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