Chance the Rapper released a vague media advisory on Monday inviting reporters to attend a press conference at Chicago City Hall amid speculation he may launch a mayoral bid.
"City Hall pull up," the 25-year-old entertainer posted on Twitter, failing to specify a day for the event.
City Hall pull up pic.twitter.com/RO31aO9bPI— Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) October 15, 2018
Democratic Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced in September that he would not be seeking a third four-year term in office ahead of the scheduled Feb. 26, 2019, election.
Chance the Rapper, whose father used to work for Emanuel and former President Barack Obama, told ABC's "The View" in 2017 he would "never" become a politician. But that has done little to stop rising speculation that he does have political ambitions. Chance the Rapper, whose real name is Chancelor Bennett, has not been shy about his political beliefs, meeting with Republican Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner last year to discuss cuts to public school funding in the state.
Former Police Board President Lori Lightfoot, ex-Chicago Public Schools CEO Paul Valas, and former Chicago police Superintendent Garry McCarthy have already signaled their intention to run for mayor next year. Candidates hoping to contest the race have until Nov. 26 to file the requisite paperwork.
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