Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on June 2, 1974 · Page 62
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June 2, 1974

Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 62

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12D-- June 2. 1974 Sunday Gazette-Mail Charleston. West Virginia Daley Challenger Geared for 2nd Attack For the firm time in years, a Democrat is actively challenging Chicago Mayor Richard]. Daley in a Democratic primary. The odds on William Singer's chances may have improved since Daley suffered a mild stroke May 6. But Singer keeps on ringing doorbells as if nothing has changed. By F. Richard Ciccone CHICAGO - ( A P ) - William Singer didn't count on Mayor Richard Daley's health breaking down. And he's still campaigning as if Daley hadn't suffered a mild stroke May 6 -- a stroke that might require surgery for the 72-year-old mayor. Eight months ago. Singer, a Chicago alderman, announced that he would challenge Daley in the Democratic party mayoral primary next February. Since that announcement. Singer's campaign has become the strongest challenge in years against the party organization which has kept Daley in charge of Cook County politics for two decades. If he runs. Daley will be after a sixth four-year term. "We'll have to assume that Daley will run," Singer says. And if he doesn't run? Then any candidate designated by the Democratic party organization controlled by Daley "would be strong." It is not the first time that the 35-year-old Singer has taken on the mayor and the regular Democrats. In 1972, Daley and 58 of his delegates to the party's national convention in Miami Beach were denied their seats because they violated quota rules in selecting delegates. . The man whose delegation was seated in place of the Daley regulars was William Singer. * * * SINGER SAYS he took no great satisfaction in winning the headon fight with Daley at the convention. "I wanted a compromise. I knew the way they selected their delegates was wrong, but all of ours weren't right either. "But when the push comes to shove, you try to win it all." Daley's ouster from the convention, combined with the election defeats of candidates he backed in 1972 and the convictions on bribery charges of such longtime allies as former Gov. Otto Kerner and Cook County Clerk Edward J. Barrett prompted observations that perhaps the Daley organization was crumbling. "That's self-delusion," Singer scoffs. "I'm not running because I think the machine is falling apart. They're going to go out and knock on all the doors just like they've always done, but we're going to knock first." What makes Singer, a Jewish lawyer with two aldermanic victories in partially liberal, affluent wards, believe he can break the organization grip on City Hall? Before Daley, two other mayors of Irish descent, Martin Knelly and Ed Kelly, ran the government for nearly half a century. "This is not going to be an election about Vietnam or space or energy or anything else. This is an election the people can feel, can touch," Singer says. "The people will be deciding how their city is going to be run. I know what they want." On a marathon schedule fulfilling his first campaign promise to visit each of the more than 600 schools in Chicago, Singer has been in more schools than Dick and Jane. He jams in as many as eight school visits a day except for time out when he must attend a council meeting or committee session. "There are one million people in this city directly affected by schools," he says. "When you visit schools, you learn about the neighborhoods and the impact the schools have on neighborhoods." Singer, short and boyish- looking with a neat thatch of black hair, begins a routine day at 7:30 a.m. at Lane Tech, a massive high school with an enrollment of 6,000 pupils. He visits technical shops in the b a s e m e n t , c l i m b s t h r e e flights to an art class, down two flights to the library, back up to the third floor biology lab and is still listening to teachers and administrators as he is whisked away to the next stop. "You can't really meet many people in schools," Singer says. "But the next mayor has to be a leader in education." Between school stops, he wheels into a MacDonald's restaurant, devours two large hamburgers and is admonished by his advance girl. "I don't eat any breakfast and it will be midnight before I get dinner," rationalizes Singer, who is wary of excess calories. He takes a load of french fries'into his hand, tosses the crushed bag in a waste can and races back to the car for an afternoon of touring libraries, boiler rooms and gymnasiums. * * * BY 5:30 P.M. HE is in his downtown campaign office for a strategy meeting, mail check *pd a schedule of the RICHARD J.DALEY Health Failing night's activities. He hurries to his North Side high-rise apartment where a fresh advance man and driver are waiting. Emily Singer, 5, demands a few moments attention and her father raises her to the top of a bookcase in the living room. She leaps into his arms, squeals and runs off with a kiss toward her babysitter. Singer's wife, Connie, is en r o u t e to a b e n e f i t t e n n i s match for another North Side independent Democrat. The Singers' second child, a son, was born March 22. Ten minutes later Singer is back in the car giving directions to a parent-teacher meeting in a mobile classroom on the West Side in a predominantly black area. "I know the city, I know the neighborhoods," he says. "I was born on the West Side, I went to high school on the South Side and I live on the North Side. I've spent five years in the council learning about finances and now I'm in the schools. I have to show people that Singer can make this city work." At the Dickens Center, Sing- .er tells 30 black and Latin parents, "Your kids aren't being e d u c a t e d in the C h i c a g o school system." He receives polite applause interrupted by a black woman, Mrs. Albertine McCIinton. "If I vote for you, are you going to be doing these things you're saying now or are you like Mayor Daley and won't listen to us?" Singer pauses and says, "Trust me. That's a tough thing to do, I know. People don't trust politicians and I don't blame you. But trust is WILLIAM SINGER Chances Improved all we have." The applause is greater. r , , AT A KNIGHTS of Columbus meeting on the far South Side, Singer talks about taxes and jobs and how he would trim $16 million from the city budget by eliminating em- ployes. Someone asks, "What are you going to do about keeping the city from turning .into a black ghetto? The audience is polite but many of t h e m resent encroachment by black residents into traditionally Irish Action-Packers S * es36 ° Sliver Brand Clothes MIGHTS'Til 9 M- Ut FREE GIFT WRAPPING FORFATHER;SOM OR GRADUATION. PARK FREE ith lots, corners Laidley. OPEN A SBC CHARGE OR BUDGET ACCOUNT TODAY and Slavic neighborhoods. Singer tells them that many areas which have black residents are in good condition and that the city and its neighborhoods can remain intact if leadership is provided. He is politely applauded. The next question is easy. "What about the White Sox chances this year?" Singer describes his boyhood love for the White Sox and predicts a good year. Talking about neighborhoods and the White Sox and the Cubs are some of the folksy tactics that Daley has used successfully for many years. Even before the mayor's recent illness, Singer said, "I'm n o t r u n n i n g a g a i n s t Daley. .." "Any machine candidate would be strong," he said. "The machine can get about 200,000 or 250,000 votes for any candidate. With Daley running, you make it about 300,000 or 350,000. We need to have a turnout of more than 600,000 to have a chance, and we'll get it." In the 1971 primary, Daley received 365,000 votes. Four years earlier his primary vote was 421,000. Both times he ran unopposed. Singer estimated the army of precinct captains and workers at the organizations' disposal numbers about 10,000 doorbell ringers. "Well h a v e twice that many," Singer promises. "We'll spend $1 million and we'll have the most impressive election this city has ever seen." He says many contributions have come from persons who always have sweetened Daley's campaign treasury. "I suppose some of them are hedging their bets and are Book Express Visits Planned The West Virginia Library Commission's Flying Book Express will make these stops this week: Williams Grocery in Normantown, 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday. Main Street in Glenville, 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday. Methodist Church in Craigsville, noon to 6 p.m. Thursday. The Read-0-Rama Book Express will make these stops: Old Theater Building in Chapmanville, noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday. Ashland Service Station in Mitchell Heights, noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday. Ralph's Barber Shop in Hoiden, noon to 6 p.m. Thursday. going to give to Daley, too." It is nearly midnight when Singer gets home. He must be up at 6 a. m. to hit the schools again and he has to hunt a tennis opponent for his regular Saturday morning game. He has kept up the almost daily pace for eight months. "It seems like it's only been eight weeks," he smiles. "I'll make it." NOTICE SUMMER STORE HOURS FOR JUNE, JULY AUGUST DAILY 9-5-THURS. 9-8 phone 744-9452 214 7th A ve. So. Chorlestrw "ONE OF THE WORLD'S FINEST MUSIC STORES" LifJfJU TH,

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