Chance the Rapper's Fans Want Him to Run for Chicago Mayor

A campaign was launched earlier this week gunning for the Chicago rapper to run against Rahm Emanuel for Mayor of Chicago in 2019.

Addressing Chance, the website reads, "We think you'd be a great mayor".

During Emanuel's tenure in office he has reportedly shut down six of Chicago's 12 mental health clinics, closed 50 public schools and the Department of Justice found the Chicago Police Department guilty of a pattern of civil rights violations.

You don't have to decide right now. Now is the time to ask ourselves: who can be the mayor we need? If you want to follow in the footsteps of the Chicago Bulls or Hannibal Buress, you can take Chance's lead and donate to his foundation here.

The page's creators also spoke to the Sun-Times.

"We would be very happy if he'd become more politically involved and he endorsed a candidate who stands up for the same things that he stands up for in his music", said Bea Malsky, one of the designers working on the website.

Chance has political ties.

Former Chicago police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said in a radio interview Wednesday that people have encouraged him to run for mayor, but he also said he's "not very good at" politics and did not say whether he would consider a bid. And Chano doesn't seem opposed to the idea.

The home page of the newly-launched site features lyrics from Chance's 2015 track Somewhere in Paradise, on which he raps, "They say I'm savin" my city/Say I'm stayin' for good/They screamin' "Chano For Mayor'/I'm thinkin' maybe I should".

He's already getting support from other rappers.

With Drake's endorsement, all that is left now is for Chance to agree to run.

The website cites a dissatisfaction with the way Emanuel has governed the city, specifically in terms of its public schools. "It's doing the same things we've always done and expecting different results, which I believe Einstein said is insanity".

Chicago would be the first city to adopt such a requirement if the measure is approved by the city's board of education.

  • Arturo Norris