by James R. Scott, The Chicago Times
June 1, 2022
CHICAGO – Paul Vallas, former CEO of Chicago Public Schools, announced Wednesday that he is joining the race to defeat Mayor Lori Lightfoot.
Vallas, 69, headed-up CPS from 1995-2001 and other school systems throughout the nation. Vallas also ran for mayor of Chicago in 2019.
“Over the past several years, I have laid out a better vision for Chicago with concrete solutions to our most pressing problems that are well-documented in many op-eds, news reports, and on social media. During the coming months, I will continue to propose strategies to bring Chicago back from the brink. After all, I am a lifelong public servant obsessed with problem solving. Chicago is ready for a leader to guide them with more than poll-tested rhetoric and empty promises; one with specific plans, and the know-how to execute those plans. I will be ready to turn our city around on Day one. No on-the-job training needed. Chicagoans don’t need more personality in politicking, but more competence in governing.” Vallas said in a statement.
According to the City Club of Chicago, Vallas is the grandson of Greek immigrants and grew up in Roseland on Chicago’s South Side. Vallas attended Moraine Valley Community College and graduated from Western Illinois University with a bachelor’s degree in history and political science. In addition, Vallas holds a master’s degree in political science and a teaching certificate.
Vallas will face stiff competition from State Rep. Kam Buckner, Ald. Ray Lopez of the 15th ward, and businessman Willie Wilson.