Paul Vallas Still Resides In Bridgeport … No, The One in Chicago–Finch Endorses Him For Mayor

Vallas, Finch, Gaudett, Willingham
File image: Paul Vallas, left, and Bill Finch.

Bridgeport is sticking to Paul Vallas like lint.

The former Bridgeport, CT school chief, leading in the polls for next week’s Chicago mayoral election, resides in the Windy City enclave Bridgeport.

Vallas has fended off questions about his residency, insisting he’s resided in the South Side neighborhood for more than a year, and its all a smear campaign.

Former Mayor Bill Finch, who brought Vallas to Bridgeport more than a decade ago following a state takeover of city schools, reversed by the Connecticut Supreme Court, is pumping up Vallas to Chicago voters.

“Paul is the best problem solver around,” Finch penned on his LinkedIn page. “Hire him to fix a troubled City and enjoy the benefits of his leadership! He helped me fix my City when I was Mayor of Bridgeport, CT.”

Vallas is running on a “crisis management” platform heavily focused on crime.

Early voting is underway for the February 28 general election. Vallas is the lone white candidate in a large field. A runoff will take place among the top finishers if  no candidate cracks 50 percent, a likely bunched-field scenario.

Vallas lived Downtown during his years as city school chief.

Labeled an education fixer including stints in Philadelphia and Chicago, Vallas stormed into Bridgeport more than a decade ago after Finch’s mayoral administration engineered a state takeover of beleaguered city schools, with the backing of the local school board.

Vallas lasted about two years in Bridgeport. In 2014 he ran for lieutenant governor of Illinois losing on the ticket of incumbent Pat Quinn. In 2019 he fell short running for mayor of Chicago. Prior to that in 2002, he lost a tight Democratic primary for governor. He’s well schooled in Chicago politics.



  1. What it means to be a Liberal:
    When Paul Vallas was in Bridgeport, I got dirt on my pants planting trees with him and Mayor Finch. Sometimes you’re a tree hugger and sometimes you’re a tree planter — anything for better air!

  2. Somebody has to tell me really up what’s with this dude, Vallas. He gets more press on IOB about his political career halfway across this country than people running in Port’s mayoral election.

    I mean Port’s ex-mayor’s Linked account going to influence Chicage’s Mayoral election. please. 🙂
    Vallas spent two years here as Superintant more than a decade ago, and we have defined the “fix”

    If Ramos was paid $230,000 annually for 6 years + benefits. What did Vallas’s departure cost the taxpayers? SMH 🙂

    As I said, I am not mathematics but shit is not up to people. There might be more than just Port taxpayer being played. JS

    I hope Teams Gomes don’t get their audit. They gonna find all types of weird shit. 🤣 JS

  3. If you think about it. If the Port taxpayers had to pay Vallas after his departure and were also on the hook for Ramose’s departure at some point the BBOE deprive Port students by having to pay two Supt. at 500,000 a year for nothing. Not sure how that all worked out, but I am pretty the students/taxpayers, well you know. JS


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