Black political leaders in Chicago are working feverishly to see if they can (and want to) reach a "consensus" about which candidate they should support in the upcoming mayoral election. According to the Sun-Times' Mary Mitchell, "African American residents are desperate for an advocate at City Hall." That means a mayor who will tackle head on problems like poverty, education, and crime that have long plagued some of the city's heavily black (and Latino) neighborhoods.
There are plenty of potential black candidates from which to choose. Former U.S. Sen. Carol Moseley Braun has already thrown her hat in. State Sen. James Meeks looks prepared to enter the race. Former State Sen. Emil Jones, U.S. Rep. Danny Davis, and both Jacksons all have feelers out, as well.
One pol who is already prepared to run is State Sen. Ricky Hendon. The populist West Sider, while volatile, shouldn't be underestimated; in February's Lt. Governor’s primary, Hendon won every black Chicago ward. During that campaign, he also ran some radio ads that can best be described as "creative." Here's a recording: