Crusader Staff Report
Former mayoral candidate Dorothy Brown has endorsed Amara Enyia for mayor of Chicago, the Chicago Crusader has learned.
Brown announced her endorsement at a press conference at City Hall Thursday morning. But the Crusader got the exclusive story at press time Wednesday for its print edition.
“I’m endorsing Dr. Amara Enyia, PhD, Educational Policy, for Mayor of the City of Chicago because I believe she is the person in the crowded field for Mayor who can make a difference for all the people,” Brown said in a statement to the Crusader.
Brown was removed from the ballot after the Chicago Board of Elections ruled that she did not have the required 12,500 to qualify for the race.
The move came weeks after Cook County Board President and mayoral candidate Toni Preckwinkle filed an objection to Brown’s 25,000 signatures. Brown’s other opponent, Willie Wilson, dropped his objection to Brown’s signatures and called on Preckwinkle to follow suit. She did not.
Brown still participated in mayoral forums as speculation swirled about her campaign.
Since she was removed from the ballot, Susana Mendoza, Garry McCarthy, Paul Vallas, La Shawn Ford and Wilson reportedly all met with Brown.
Questions remain as to why Brown is endorsing Enyia, whose primary supporters are millennials and young voters. There was speculation that Brown would support Willie Wilson, who shares the same Black church-going voters with Brown.