You may be hearing of Neal Sales-Griffin for the first time now, but he's been reaching out to political players for several months now, seeking their support in the 2019 mayoral race.
Sales-Griffin, 30, filed the paperwork to form a campaign fundraising committee on Nov. 27 and stated his intent to run for mayor at that time, records show.
Some other would-be mayoral challengers — including former schools CEO Paul Vallas and Emanuel's former top cop Garry McCarthy — have been content to float trial balloons and criticize Emanuel in the press, without announcing whether they will run after all.
Sales-Griffin has preferred to fly under the media radar until now. Only on Friday — and only after a Chicago Sun-Times reporter contacted him — did Sales-Griffin make his first public comments on the campaign.