Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is getting an 11th challenger this week, as policy consultant Amara Enyia is announcing her entrance into the crowded race. Although less known than many of the announced challengers, Enyia is no stranger to mayoral races. She ran in the 2015 campaign before dropping out and joining then-Ald. Bob Fioretti’s team. She said many of the issues discussed then — inequality and a lack of community investment among them — have gotten worse.
The city continues losing residents, she said, including African-Americans.
“Now more people’s eyes are open to how much change is needed,” Enyia said.
Enyia, 35, lives in Garfield Park and is the director of the Austin Chamber of Commerce. Her parents emigrated from Nigeria and she is one of six children.
Enyia joins a field including former Police Board president and one-time federal prosecutor Lori Lightfoot, former Chicago Public Schools CEO Paul Vallas, former Chicago police Superintendent Garry McCarthy, millionaire businessman Willie Wilson, activist Ja’Mal Green, Cook County Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown, Chicago principals association President Troy LaRaviere, tech entrepreneur Neal Sales-Griffin, attorney John Kozlar and pharmaceutical technician and DePaul student Matthew Roney.
Enyia is scheduled to formally announce her campaign during a 6 p.m. event Tuesday at Co-Prosperity Sphere in Bridgeport. (Gregory Pratt)