By SAM CHOLKE
Room 43 owner Norman Bolden announced on Tuesday he will run for alderman of the 4th Ward next year.
“I am a connector — I can effectively bring people together,” Bolden said in an interview before his campaign kickoff.
Bolden is the third candidate to announce a run for the alderman’s position next year. In recent months, George Rumsey, president of the Computer Resource Center and former president of the Hyde Park Kenwood Community Conference, said he intends to run. State rep. Will Burns (D-26) has also said he will seek the seat.
Burns will likely be the interim successor to current alderman, Toni Preckwinkle, if she wins her bid for Cook County Board president. Preckwinkle said she has put Burns’ name forward to Mayor Richard M. Daley as a possible appointment to finish her term.
Bolden said he is the only candidate with his finger on the pulse of all of the 4th Ward, which covers portions of the Oakland, Douglas, Kenwood and Hyde Park neighborhoods. “I’m not sure if the others can say that and say it with vigor and passion,” he said.
Bolden said his campaign’s first step will be collecting enough signatures from registered voters in the ward to get his name on the ballot.
As of Herald press time, he planned to make his official announcement Tuesday at Room 43, 1041 E. 43rd St.
Bolden ran for the 4th Ward alderman seat in 2003 and 2007.