Former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel formally kicked off his bid to become mayor of Chicago.

Emanuel announced what many had assumed to be the case since he left the Obama administration: that he's looking to succeed retiring Mayor Richard M. Daley in the Windy City.

"Because I love this city – the place my family came to and the place where I was born – I want to fight for a better future for all the people of Chicago. And that’s why, today, I’m announcing my candidacy for mayor," Emanuel told supporters at a kickoff event, according to a report by the Chicago Tribune.

Emanuel resigned on Oct. 1 to set up a mayoral campaign. He's managed to largely clear the field of potential rivals, and amassed an early war chest for his campaign.

Other candidates who are expected to jump in the race are Rep. Danny Davis (D), state Sen. James Meeks (D), and former Sen. Carol Moseley Braun (D), among several others.