Monday, October 13, 2014

Lewis Bows Out of Mayor Race

CTU President Lewis Declines Mayoral Bid
Press Release

Karen Lewis will not run for mayor.
On behalf of Karen Lewis, freedom fighter and nationally recognized education advocate—the people’s champ—I want to first and foremost thank you for all that you have done. From collecting petitions to raising money to hosting house parties and listening sessions, your support rang out from every corner of this city, demanding new leadership at the highest level of city government.

I’m writing to let you know that Karen Lewis has decided to not pursue a mayoral bid. Yet she charges us to continue fighting for strong schools, safe neighborhoods, and good jobs in every community.

The tens of thousands of signatures collected for Karen confirm what the polls have already said: Chicagoans from Beverly to Uptown want to feel safe in their neighborhoods; they want an elected representative school board; and they want political leadership at every level that is responsive and responsible.

Our work is not about one leader, one race, or one election. Our work is about building progressive power to restore participatory democracy to Chicago. The groundswell of grassroots support is a testament to the strength of our movement and to the depth of dissatisfaction that hardworking Chicagoans have with the top-down, out-of-touch leadership in City Hall.

Together, we are changing the political landscape. We must hold our public officials—on every level—accountable for their track records on school closings, unemployment, violence, and nickel-and-diming working families.

So, in true Karen Lewis fashion, we will keep organizing and fighting to get our allies on the ballot and ensure that every single voter in Chicago can vote YES for an Elected Representative School Board! Click here to learn more about upcoming ERSB canvasses near you. And if you have collected petition signatures that you would like to turn in, please contact your regional organizer.

Thank you again for your support.


“Jay” Travis
Karen Lewis Exploratory Committee

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