Johnson, a former union organizer and teacher, was sworn in on Monday after running a successful campaign with a stated commitment to build a “stronger, safer and more equitable” Chicago.
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Johnson managed to overcome criticism for his past support of the “defund the police” movement while touting a “holistic” approach to public safety.
That point of view will be tested as Chicago, the nation’s third-most populous city, continues to make national headlines for its violent crime. Seven people were killed and 20 others were wounded just this past weekend, according to reports.
The mayor said he is already coordinating with Fred Waller, Chicago’s new interim police superintendent, to map out ways to quell violence in the city, according to WBBM radio.
“It’s something that I’ve been focusing on throughout my entire political career,” Johnson said. “I’m raising a family in Chicago. I think about the violence that happens in the city of Chicago on a daily basis.”
Johnson faces the major task of preparing the city to host the 2024 Democratic National Convention, which is set to be held August 19-22 and attract visitors from around the country.