Karen Lewis, CTU President, will not run for Chicago Mayoral seat

Date: 
10/13/2014
KLewis

This CBS photo shows Karen Lewis post March surgery

Update: The "serious illness" is a cancerous brain tumor, for which she has had surgery and will undergo chemo and radiation therapies.

It is final. Karen Lewis, President of the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU), will not be a candidate in the 2015 run for Mayor of Chicago.

"Karen Lewis has decided to not pursue a mayoral bid. Yet she charges us to continue fighting for strong neighborhood schools, safe communities and good jobs for everyone," said Jhatayn "Jay" Travis, Coordinator of the Karen Lewis Exploratory Committee in a Monday statement.

"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."

Jesse Sharkey, CTU Vice President, announced on Oct. 9, the day after Lewis underwent emergency surgery, that he was assuming Lewis' duties and that she had a "serious illness." 

Since then there has been no statement about the details of the illness. In a Mary Ann Ahern report on NBC, a source said "the surgery is related to a new medical condition -- not related to her heart, or bariatric weight loss surgery she underwent in Mexico in March."

This means that to date, the only major opponent to Rahm Emanuel's second term in office is 2nd Ward Alderman Bob Fioretti.

Photo courtesy of CBS

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