Chance the Rapper isn’t going to be Chance the Mayor anytime soon. The Chicago native set off a round of speculation Monday with a tweet that stoked long-circulating rumors that the civic-minded Grammy winner would run for office.
He tweeted “Im thinkin maybe I should,” a line from his 2015 hit “Somewhere in Paradise.” The preceding lyric in the song? “They screamin’ ‘Chano for mayor.’ ” Naturally, some of his 8 million followers took the message as a hint that he was about to get in the race to replace Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who is not seeking re-election. Then Chance tweeted that he’d be making an announcement “regarding the mayoral election” during a news conference Tuesday morning at city hall.
But the big reveal turned out to be an endorsement: The Windy City rapper is backing Amara Enyia, a Chicago neighborhood chamber of commerce director, in the crowded race. “I’d like to say very narcissistically, if I back you, you have a chance – absolutely,” he told reporters.
“I’m proud to announce that I will not be running for mayor,” he said. “I probably won’t ever be running for mayor of this city. But I believe that me and Amara share a vision on what Chicago could be. We believe in supporting the people at the bottom economically – people who have just been written off.”
The move puts Chance (real name: Chancelor Bennett) on the opposing political side from his father, Ken Bennett, a former aide to both Emanuel and former president Barack Obama. Bennett has endorsed Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle for mayor.
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