Watkins Hopes Smaller Field Means More Notice in Mayoral Race

January 14, 2011  |  

(Chicago Tribune) — Patricia Watkins is not a “name brand” candidate in the race for Chicago mayor, but now that the field has been narrowed to six, the longtime community activist hopes to get more attention.  “I’m not a run-of-the-mill candidate, but I didn’t come out of nowhere,” said Watkins, 53, a Pentecostal minister. “I was never given any consideration because there were so many name brands in the race.”  In a race still dominated by household names, including former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel and former U.S. Sen. Carol Moseley Braun, Watkins has found it difficult to get her message to register. Her work on the West and South sides tells her the city’s problems — crime, failing schools and struggling neighborhoods — are not “high-level issues, they are grass roots.”

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