Full steam ahead for Chico; Mayoral filing starts Monday

12 Nov

By Christine Hurley

Chicago mayoral hopefuls will begin turning in petitions Monday and it’s obvious one candidate, Gery Chico, will have no problem hitting the 12,500-signature mark to be eligible for the city’s top job.

The Chico campaign reports it has “more than 30,000” signatures with a full weekend of name-gathering in front of them. Considering the petition drive is all-volunteer in local neighborhoods, the favorable weather forecast for the next two days may buoy those numbers.

Meanwhile, the Chico effort is perking along on other fronts in preparation for the Feb. 22 election.

Ken Snyder, a protégé of David Axelrod, has been selected as Chico’s campaign manager. Jamie Vitelli is the director of new media for the campaign, which means he oversees Chico’s Facebook and Twitter accounts—a must-have in campaigns these days. The campaign Web site has been translated into four languages: Chinese, Polish, Spanish and English. Trina Fresno created and maintains the site.

Other staff dynamics: Brooke Anderson serves as Chico’s press secretary. Leda Santodomingo is the campaign’s liaison to the Hispanic community and media. Santodomingo worked for Telemundo for 12 years, but left her job as a reporter last month to work for Chico’s mayoral bid.

Chico has currently raised $1 million, and has also received another several million in pledges, according to Anderson. TV ads will be the most expensive part of the campaign.

The Chico campaign office, at 333 W. Wacker Dr., opened Nov. 4 and is convenient for the candidate. It’s in the same building—15 floors below—as his law firm, Chico & Nunes, P.C.

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