Carol Moseley Braun Considering Run for Chicago Mayor

Kathy Chaney | 9/13/2010, 11:39 a.m.

CHICAGO (NNPA) - 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 Tuesday -- 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.

Braun, who made history in 1993 as the first African-American female U.S. Senator, told the 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 as 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, the parent company of Ambassador Organics, which manufactures several products including coffee, food spices, olive oil and tea. She founded the company five years ago.