Rahm Emanuel announces candidacy for Chicago mayor

November 13, 2010

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Former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel has officially launched his campaign for Chicago mayor. U.S. Rep Danny Davis (D-Chicago) and local pastor and state Sen. James Meeks (D-Chicago) plan to kick off their campaigns Sunday.

The mayoral hopefuls are vying to replace Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, who announced in September that he’s stepping down after 21 years in office. Emanuel acknowledged Daley’s legacy to a crowded school gymnasium on Chicago’s north side.

"Mayor Daley’s strong leadership has made Chicago a world-class city, 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. They will determine whether we remain a world-class city – or fall back," Emanuel said Saturday.

The election takes place in February. Several more candidates are expected to enter the race after the official filing period opens on Monday.