Former candidate Wilson to announce endorsement for mayor in runoff election
Willie Wilson, a self-made millionaire businessman who garnered nearly 11 percent of the vote in his run for Chicago mayor that ended last month, is set to announce his endorsement between remaining candidates Toni Preckwinkle and Lori Lightfoot during an afternoon press conference on Friday.
The 70-year-old Wilson is slated to speak at the Chicago Baptist International Institute on the city’s South Side starting at 1:30 p.m.
In a press release, Wilson, who placed fourth in the primary out of 14 candidates, trailing only Preckwinkle, Lightfoot and Bill Daley, intimated that he consulted with all of his nearly “60,000 supporters” in arriving at his decision. He based his own platform on a message of lower taxes and more equality in every community.
In securing their spots in the April 2 runoff, Lightfoot bagged 17.5 percent, or 97,037 votes, to Preckwinkle’s 16 percent, or 88,757 votes.
Overall, Wilson finished with 58,699 votes in the primary.