Moseley Braun considering run for mayor of Chicago

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by Kathy Chaney

CHICAGO (REAL TIMES NEWS SERVICE)—Carol Moseley Braun may put her hat in the ring to succeed outgoing Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, sources said.

The former U.S. senator was flooded with calls on Sept. 7––the day Daley made the surprise announcement that he would not seek a seventh term in office––encouraging her to mull a run for the mayoral post.

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CAROL MOSELEY BRAUN

Braun, who made history in 1993 as the first African-American female U.S. senator, told the Chicago Defender on Friday she is “seriously considering it.”

Braun’s political career spans more than two decades.

After leaving the U.S. Attorney’s office as a federal prosecutor in Chicago in 1977, she was elected state representative the next year. In 1987 she was elected Cook County Recorder of Deed. Five years later, history was made in the U.S. Senate. Braun held the post for one six-year term. She served a U.S. ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa from 1999 to 2001 under the Clinton administration. During the 2004 U.S. presidential election, Braun was a candidate for the Democratic nomination.

Braun currently runs her Chicago-based company, Good Food Organics.

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