Emanuel Joins Narrowed Field Of Candidates To Replace Chicago Mayor Daley


Rahm Emanuel, the former White House chief of staff to President Barack Obama, formally announced his plans to replace Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley amid a narrowing field of candidates.

“Only the opportunity to help President Obama as his chief of staff could have pried me away from Chicago,” Emanuel, a former Illinois congressman, said today during an appearance in a public school gymnasium. “And only the opportunity to lead this city could have pried me away from the president’s side.”

Emanuel announced his candidacy for the Feb. 22 election a day before U.S. Representative Danny Davis and Illinois state Senator James Meeks, minister of one of Chicago’s largest churches, are scheduled to say they will also run.

Others who have already announced or have said they will do so soon include City Clerk Miguel del Valle, former Chicago school board president Gery Chico, and former U.S. Senator and New Zealand Ambassador Carol Moseley Braun.

Emanuel, 50, is the only white candidate, after Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart decided against running. Non-Hispanic whites constitute 32 percent of Chicago’s population.