Mayoral candidate and City Clerk Miguel del Valle reportedly rejected an offer to co-chair mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel's transition team.
In an interview with Chicago Magazine's Carol Felsenthal, del Valle said he turned down the offer because he wanted to work on the progressive issues that he discussed during his mayoral bid.
"I had one brief conversation with [Emanuel]," del Valle told Felsenthal. "He called me on Wednesday, and he asked me if I would consider being a co-chair of his transition team. I replied no because I’ll be working on a number of things."
Del Valle placed third in the race for mayor, behind Emanuel and Gery Chico. He saw a swell of support about young voters late in the race, and has not ruled out running for mayor again in the future.
"I’m going to be organizing around progressive issues in the neighborhoods," del Valle told Felsenthal. "I’m going to continue to develop a progressive agenda for the neighborhoods that have been neglected…. I’m going to bring together folks who were in our campaign."
Del Valle told ABC Chicago he also declined Emanuel's offer because he has to finish out his term as clerk, which expires May 15.
The Emanuel transition team was shaken up Saturday, when Judy Erwin stepped down over an ethics violation at her previous job.
Erwin, the former executive director of the Illinois Board of Higher Education, allegedly worked on Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign using her state-issued cell phone and e-mail account, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. An investigation found that she violated the state ban on political activity repeatedly between July 2008 and February 2009.
Emanuel spokesman Ben LaBolt confirmed to the Associated Press Saturday that Erwin had stepped down, and that the Emanuel campaign was not aware of the violation when she was chosen for the transition team. She reportedly wanted to avoid any "distractions" for Emanuel.
Read more about de Valle's thoughts on the mayor's race, media coverage and Emanuel here.
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