Rep. Jackson and His Wife Both Mulling Chicago Mayoral Run
Updated: 6:25 p.m.
Both Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) and his wife, Sandi, are interested in running for Chicago mayor, NBC Chicago reported Wednesday.
“I’m considering it,” Sandi Jackson, who serves on the Chicago City Council, told the local NBC affiliate. “I love campaigns.”
Asked whether her interest in running affected Rep. Jackson’s mayoral ambitions, Sandi Jackson said, “My husband and I will sit down and decide if either of us will run.”
Rep. Jackson’s brother, Jonathan Jackson, is also weighing his options. “I had not seriously considered it before, but now I am,” Jackson told the Chicago Defender on Wednesday. “I will take a strong look at it and make a decision fairly soon.”
The Jacksons are not the only high-profile candidates for the slot being vacated by Mayor Richard Daley, who announced Tuesday that he will not run for re-election in 2011 after holding the post for 21 years. White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel has previously expressed interest in the job, as have Reps. Danny Davis and Luis Gutierrez. All three have served as House Democrats representing the Chicago area.
During an interview Tuesday, Davis said he has not given much consideration to running for mayor, but he didn’t shut the door on the possibility. “I’m not going to rule myself out; I’m not going to rule myself in,” Davis said.
Gutierrez is soon expected to convene an exploratory committee to weigh a run, according to the Chicago News Cooperative.
“In the coming days, I will talk with my family and meet with my supporters and make a decision about my political future,” he said in a statement issued Tuesday night.