Mayoral candidates could split Chicago vote

January 11, 2011

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The two prominent Latinos running for Chicago mayor say they won't unify around a consensus candidate as several African-Americans who once eyed the job have done.

Gery Chico and Miguel del Valle are among a crowded field in a campaign that has a chance of producing Chicago's first Latino mayor. How strongly they run could have a big impact on a tough race with two more widely known candidates, former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel and former U.S. Sen. Carol Moseley Braun.

Chico, a Mexican-American, is formerly a Chicago schools president and chief of staff to outgoing Mayor Richard Daley. Del Valle, from a Puerto Rican family, currently serves as Chicago's city clerk.

A runoff would be held if no candidate gets 50 percent on Feb. 22.