Chicago Eld. Leslie Hairston is not running for re-election

Eld. Leslie Hairston, a longtime member of the Chicago City Council who has represented the Hyde Park and South Shore neighborhoods for nearly a quarter-century, announced Friday that she would be retiring at the end of this term on a growing list of aldermen. are getting involved in.

Hairston, the 5th Ward’s alderman since 1999, said in a news release that she would not seek re-election in 2023. She has been a member of the Council’s Progressive Caucus and led the neighborhood through the controversial selection and development of the upcoming Obama Presidential Center. next house.

“After 24 years, I am announcing my decision to retire at the end of my term in 2023,” Hairston wrote. “For more than 30 years, I have served the public and it is time for me to look to the next chapter of my life. Although I have not made a decision yet, rest assured that it will be active, engaging and helping my community. Will be committed to making better. It won’t be just as an elderperson.”

Hairston, who is also a lawyer and former state assistant attorney general, defeated the incumbent Eld. Barbara Holt in 1999 when Hairston ran as an independent, while Holt was replaced by then-Mayor Richard M. Daily was supported.

Recently, Hairston has been grappling with issues of affordable housing and gentrification after the Obama Presidential Center was announced to be located in Jackson Park. Hairston supported the original council ordinance that building the complex was okay, while he later called for more transparency on how the center would affect South Side residents.

In 2019, he narrowly beat Challenger and activist William Calloway.

Hairston joins several city council members who have resigned or announced they are stepping down at the end of their term next year: Eld. Michelle Smith43rd, Harry Osterman48th, james capelman, 46th, and Michael Scott, 24th. Mayor Lori Lightfoot has already replaced Scott with her sister Monique ScottWhile Lightfoot has not yet announced who will replace Smith.

Eld. George Cardenas, 12th, will step down from council before the end of his term if elected in November to serve on the Cook County Board of Review. Three other members of the council – Eld. raymond lopez15th, sophia kingfourth, and Eld. Roderick Sawyer6 – Running for mayor next year against Lightfoot, he is therefore unable to seek re-election as members of the city council.

the former Eld. Patrick Daly Thompson, 11th, was convicted of felony tax fraud and was forced to vacate his seat in February. Lightfoot replaces Daly Thompson with United Airlines director Nicole Lee,

Eld. Carrie Austin, 34th, who was charged with federal briberyhas also announced that she is retiring at the end of her term. Eld. Edward Burke, 14, the longest-serving alderman in the city’s history, is facing a federal corruption trial in 2019 after being charged with racketeering and other counts. but his test not scheduled until after the 2023 election, and he has not announced whether he is seeking a 14th term as alderman.

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