Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-Ill.) and his wife Sandi, a Chicago alderman, are considering entering the city's open mayoral race.

Sandi Jackson told NBC Chicago that both she and her husband are weighing a bid in the race to replace six-term Mayor Richard Daley (D), who decided this week not to seek reelection.


"I'm considering it," she said. "I love campaigns."

She said that she and her husband would sort out any potential conflict over the matter.

"My husband and I will sit down and decide if either of us will run," she said.

Rep. Jackson, the son of civil rights leader the Rev. Jesse Jackson, is among several Washington politicians who are reportedly thinking about running for Chicago mayor, first among them being White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel.

Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.), who represents parts of the Chicago's south side, is also reportedly weighing a mayoral bid. Gutierrez has been a critic of the Obama administration, especially on immigration policy.

Jackson served as a national co-chairman of then-Sen. Barack Obama's (D-Ill.) presidential campaign in 2008, but was named as one of several individuals former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D) was considering appointing as interim senator to fill Obama's seat after the election.

The congressman has denied any wrongdoing and was not a target of the Blagojevich investigation and trial, which ended in the governor being convicted on one count of lying to federal investigators. 

The filing deadline for the Feb. 2011 contest is Nov. 22.