Rep. Danny Davis (D-Ill.) announced his campaign to become Chicago’s mayor Sunday, the day after former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel formally launched his own bid, the Associate Press reported.
The race to succeed Richard Daley, who said in September that he will not seek a seventh term, includes City Clerk Miguel del Valle and former Chicago school board president Gery Chico. Others are expected to join the crowded field of Democratic candidates.
Davis was re-elected Nov. 2 in the 7th district with more than 80 percent of the vote.
He told the Chicago Sun-Times on Nov. 6 that he’s “ready to run” for mayor after a coalition of black leaders in Chicago gave him its support.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.