Sun-Times: 17th Ward Alderman won't seek re-election
While the 17th Ward isn't exactly one of the wards we're covering for next year, this was an interesting development for one of the neighboring wards. Ald. Latasha Thomas will NOT be running for re-election next year:
Ald. Latasha Thomas (17th) said Saturday she won't seek reelection next spring to the Chicago City Council seat after more than 14 years representing her South Side ward.While little was mentioned of her future plans, we did a blog about this possibility. Although at that point Ald. Thomas still hadn't decided what she was going to do in 2015.
A lawyer with degrees from the University of Illinois and DePaul University, Thomas was first appointed to the seat representing Englewood and Auburn Gresham by Mayor Richard M. Daley in 2000 and won re-election four times.
Thomas, who chairs the council's education committee, didn't give a reason in the written statement announcing her decision to step aside.
It was noted that one of her opponents - Glenda Franklin - had scored the support of Father Michael Pfleger who is the pastor of St. Sabina. Ald. Thomas claims this wasn't a factor in her decision.