Soon-to-be alderman Maria Hadden said she plans to represent all residents of the 49th Ward, which is why she won’t endorse either Toni Preckwinkle or Lori Lightfoot for mayor.
Hadden, in a lengthy interview with Block Club Chicago, said giving a mayoral candidate an endorsement could alienate some Rogers Park residents, since the ward is divided between Preckwinkle and Lightfoot.
“The people in the ward just elected me,” Hadden said in the interview.“People here are pretty divided [between Lightfoot and Preckwinkle] and I don’t think it would be wise or responsible of me as a representative of the ward to put a voice on that. Not to mention, I promised to be an independent alderman.”
Lightfoot won the 49th ward in the Feb. 26 election. She received 3.328 votes (26.7%) to Preckwinkle’s 2,918 (23.49%).
You can read the full interview on Block Club Chicago’s here.