Wednesday, April 5, 2023

A Statement From Kim Walz

Tuesday evening, Kim Walz released the following statement on the race for Alderwoman in the 46th Ward:

"I want to congratulate Angela Clay for her victory in the race for 46th Ward Alderwoman. While this isn’t the result we hoped for, I am so proud of the campaign we ran. It has been an honor to meet with residents throughout this campaign to share my vision for moving the ward forward without leaving anyone behind.

"I am endlessly grateful to my supporters who put their faith in me and my campaign. I also want to thank my friends, family, team, and our amazing volunteers for their unwavering encouragement throughout this journey. None of this would be possible without them, and I am so grateful for their support.

"Over the last few months, I’ve listened to people across the 46th Ward speak about the issues facing them and their families – they want safer streets, more affordable housing options, and better support for people with substance abuse or mental health challenges, or who are unhoused. 

"I will do whatever I can to support Angela in bringing people together to enact real progress on those issues and more to make our neighborhood a stronger, safer place for everyone.

"From a young age, my parents instilled in me the importance of service, and I look forward to identifying additional opportunities to improve the community I call home."

UU Note: As of late Tuesday night, there has been no statement from the 48th Ward's Joe Dunne on his race with Leni Manaa-Hoppenworth.


  1. Developer PACs cheaped out. 250k? Walz needed at least a million.

  2. Kim was a class act (vs the snake oil saleswoman she ran against) from start to finish. I hope she runs again in future cycles for this or some other office. She can take heart in this: our current governor got his clock cleaned when he ran for the first time in the 1990s and things seemed to have turned out OK for him.

  3. Uh, she may want to move if she wants to hold office.

    40th,46th, 47th, 48th, and 49th Wards will likely always be won by the most liberal(crazy) candidate for the next decade or more.

    Also Pritzker had the advantage of being a multi billionaire who could buy the Dem party elected leadership and then the nomination. He's actually been a better governor than I expected, but following Rauner anyone would be better.

    There's no such thing as perfection, but I doubt there's anything Walz could have done to win the election. Maybe tightened up the margin a bit, but winning was clearly unlikely.

    Interestingly Clay did slightly better than Johnson in the general election in February. She did 5 points worse yesterday.

    That's likely the total effect of the PPP/Federal Tax lien stories.

    People don't pay attention or in some cases care.

    Maybe if the stories had come out a few months ago the losing margin would have tightened.

    I could even foresee some of the liberal State Legislators on the North Lakefront or just west losing over the next few cycles to socialist candidates.

    Candidates at the most left extreme winning.

  4. Kim had no ground game. I watched for two weeks straight the Clay volunteers walking the 46th ward, knocking on doors and working CTA stops. Yes, many of these volunteers were CTU people. Kim has zero people sadly.

    Our ward is deeply screwed now. Clay is gonna carve up the area with section 8 housing. Many of the small businesses that opened under Capleman (and survived COVID) will bolt. She's an avowed socialist with extreme left positions. Kim Walz had the money to buy foot soldiers. Instead, she spent it on glossy mailers that people dumped immediately into the trash. Pains me to say it but its true.