Chance Isn't Running For Chicago Mayor, But Endorses Amara Enyia

Angelo Anderson
October 17, 2018

Chance the Rapper has thrown his support behind a local activist in the crowded Chicago mayoral race. Chance, whose real name is Chancelor Bennett, touted his shared goals for the city with Enyia in empowering the impoverished.

"I've been longstanding saying that Chicago needs new leadership".

Chance The Rapper teases press conference about the Chicago mayoral race.

He also says he "probably won't ever be running for mayor" himself, despite becoming more politically active in recent years.


Chance the Rapper, with former President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama at Wintrust Arena in Chicago, in this November 1, 2017 file photo.

"I'm proud to announce that I will not be running for mayor", he said.

Since his 2017 Grammy wins in three categories including Best New Artist, Chance has drawn attention with his outreach projects, including donating millions of dollars to Chicago Public Schools and, most recently, raising money for his nonprofit Social Works by working undercover as a Lyft driver in Chicago to encourage riders to donate to CPS arts programs. "But if you are willing to see what this city could be, then you will vote for Amara". Chance also included a line in his 2015 song "Somewhere in Paradise" that acknowledged the possibility: "They say I'm savin' my city, say I'm stayin' for good/ They screamin' Chano for mayor, I'm thinkin' maybe I should". The outlet added that candidate would not be County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, which would put Chance in opposition to his own father, Ken Williams-Bennett, who formerly worked for President Barack Obama and current Mayor Rahm Emanuel. "I'd like to consider myself a political strategist of sorts and, yeah, we're about to do this thing".

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