(CHICAGO) -- It’s official: Rahm Emanuel is running for mayor of Chicago.
The former White House chief of staff made the announcement Saturday in front of a crowd of supporters who packed a school auditorium on Chicago’s North Side.
Emanuel’s decision comes as no surprise. The former Congressman – who left the Obama Administration in October – has long talked about his desire to be mayor of his hometown.
“Only the opportunity to help President Obama as his chief of staff could have pried me away from Chicago,” Emanuel said during his announcement Saturday, “and only the opportunity to lead this city could have pried me away from the president's side.”
Emanuel is one of about a half dozen others who have thrown their name in the mix for Chicago’s top political post since longtime Mayor Richard M. Daley announced in September that he would not seek re-election.
“Strong leadership has made Chicago a world class city,” Emanuel said, “and the next mayor will have big shoes to fill. The choices we make in the next few years will define Chicago for future generations.”
Chicagoans will decide on Feb. 22 who is to become the city’s next mayor.
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