(FOX) Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced he will not seek re-election in the 2019 Chicago mayoral race in an unscheduled announcement on Tuesday.
More than a dozen candidates have announced their campaigns for mayor, including former CPD Supt. Garry McCarthy, Cook County Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown and Lori Lightfoot, president of the Chicago Police Board.
The election is scheduled for Feb. 26, 2019.
Emanuel was first elected mayor of Chicago in 2011, winning 55 percent of the vote in a four candidate field. He won re-election in 2015 in a runoff against Jesus “Chuy” Garcia.
Other candidates running for mayor are former principal of Blaine Elementary School Troy LaRaviere; activist Ja’Mal Green; businessman Willie Wilson; former CEO of Chicago Public Schools Paul Vallas; Northwestern professor Neal Sales-Griffin; activist Amara Enyia; former Assistant States Attorney Jerry Joyce Jr.; former aldermanic candidate John Kozlar; pharmaceutical technician Matthew Roney.