Former U.S. Sen. Carol Moseley Braun has announced her candidacy for mayor.
Speaking at the Hyatt Regency, Moseley Braun said that she will begin her petition drive, collecting enough signatures to qualify as a formal candidate. A candidate needs to collect 12,500 signatures to be placed on the ballot.
Moseley Braun represented Illinois in the U.S. Senate 1992-98, becoming the first African-American woman to do so. She served as ambassador to New Zealand 1999-2001.
She was inducted into the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame as a friend of the community in 2007.