CHICAGO - Openly gay Dennis Sneyers (photo right) has announced that he's running for Mayor of Chicago.
"The people of Chicago will have two choices," Sneyers told the audience. "Either the status quo or electing someone like myself who has ideas and will fight for the people of Chicago."
If elected, Sneyers says his first goal is to reduce the number of members on the city council while improving the quality of service Chicago residents receive. He also pledges to address the city's financial problems—something he maintains Emanuel has failed to follow through on despite the mayor's campaign platform. "Mayor Emanuel promised to reinvent government and make tough choices to get our financial house in order," Sneyers said. "He's done none of those things."
Sneyers also places a high priority on tackling the issue of the city's LGBT homeless youth. His solutions involve accountability both in Springfield and in the home. "I think there's a lot that state legislators can do," he told Windy City Times. "I think there should be stronger penalties against parents who abandon their child—and that's exactly what they are doing when they throw their child out of the house—or if the child is physically abused and doesn't feel welcome in their home or their high school. There's got to be more laws to protect these kids."
"If someone is in need, I am going to help," he said. "[Emanuel] makes effective speeches but when it comes to the execution, he's not so good."