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Greg Mitchell Will Likely Be Reelected 7th Ward Alderman After Challengers Booted From Ballot

Mitchell is all but certain to win a third term representing the South Side ward after challengers Jocilyn Floyd and Tony Blair were knocked off the ballot.

Ald. Gregory Mitchell (7th) looks on at a City Council meeting on June 22, 2022.
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SOUTH SHORE — Ald. Greg Mitchell (7th) will likely win a third term in City Council after his two challengers were knocked off February’s ballot.

Professional mediator Jocilyn Floyd and businessperson Anthony “Tony” Blair will not challenge Mitchell to represent the 7th Ward in City Council, according to the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners. The ward covers parts of South Shore, South Chicago, Calumet Heights and South Deering.

Floyd was removed from the ballot after notifying election officials she intended to withdraw from the race, while Blair did not gather enough valid signatures on his nominating petition, officials confirmed Thursday.

Mitchell faced a challenge to his residency within the ward, but that was withdrawn Dec. 22.

Mitchell’s priorities as alderperson have been to ensure “safer streets, quality schools and responsible economic development,” according to his ward website.

The two-term incumbent is the treasurer of City Council’s Black Caucus. He has called for more investment in South Shore’s blighted 75th Street and 79th Street corridors during his time in office.

Mitchell voted for Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s proposals to sue gang members for their assets and extend and expand a citywide curfew on youth this year, according to the Reader.

Mitchell is a former financial analyst and information technology specialist. He’s a Kenwood Academy graduate and native of Jeffery Manor who lives in Calumet Heights.

The election is Feb. 28.

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