In a press conference this morning in the ornate lobby of the Chandler Building, actor William Atherton (Ghostbusters, The Sugarland Express) announced that he will be running as a democratic party candidate for mayor in May’s primary. The announcement comes as somewhat of a surprise, as there had been no rumors about his entry into the race. Mr. Atherton has held a home in the city’s posh President Heights section for three years.
He joins these already declared candidates:
:: Incumbent Mayor Joseph Wilders
:: Two-term City Council member Terence Williams III (Son of the late mayor)
:: Leonard Pierce, Fifth Ward party leader (Full disclosure: Mr. Pierce is also a sometime contributor to The City Desk)
:: Homelessness/general political activist Perry Holmes
:: Alan Craw, local real-estate magnate
:: Eight-term City Council member Maribeth Cosgrove
:: Perennial also-ran Arthur Borden, on his fifth attempt at gaining the city’s top executive position.
Independent (not participating in the primary)
:: Lewis Armstrong (Libertarian)
:: Louis M. Armstrong (Green Party, no relation to the Libertarian candidate or the late jazz musician)
The primary will be held May 6. Debate details to come.
– RJ White