2011 Chicago mayoral election
The city of Chicago, Illinois held a non-partisan mayoral election on Tuesday, February 22, 2011. Mayor Richard M. Daley, a member of the Democratic Party who had been in office since 1989, did not seek a seventh term as mayor.
|Turnout||42.3% 9.3 pp|
Candidates needed to collect 12,500 petition signatures by November 22, 2010 to qualify for a place on the ballot. April 5, 2011 was scheduled to be a runoff election date if no candidate received a majority.
Six candidates appeared on the February 22 ballot:
- Gery Chico, former chief of staff to mayor Richard M. Daley and former chairman of the City Colleges of Chicago
- Miguel del Valle, City Clerk of Chicago and former Illinois State Senator
- Rahm Emanuel, former White House Chief of Staff and former U.S. Representative from Illinois's 5th district
- Carol Moseley Braun, former U.S. Senator from Illinois and former United States Ambassador to New Zealand
- Patricia Van Pelt Watkins, non-profit administrator and activist
- William "Dock" Walls, community activist, businessman, former aide to Mayor Harold Washington and perennial candidate
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