Chance the Rapper not running for Chicago mayor
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Grammy-winning musical artist Chance the Rapper announced Tuesday he is not running in Chicago’s 2019 mayoral race.

“I’m proud to announce I am not running for mayor,” the rapper told fans and reporters at Chicago City Hall.


Speculation had risen that the acclaimed musician would consider running for mayor after he tweeted Monday, “I’m thinkin maybe I should," part of a lyric from his hit song “Somewhere in Paradise” that reads, “They screaming Chano for mayor, I'm thinking maybe I should.”

He later announced that he would hold a press conference Tuesday.

Fans in 2017 set up a website calling for the rapper, whose legal name is Chancellor Bennett, to run for mayor.

Bennet Tuesday also issued an endorsement of Amara Eniya, the director of the Austin Chamber of Commerce. 

A crowded field is aiming to replace retiring Mayor Rahm Emmanuel, with at least 17 candidates already tossing their hats into the ring, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

An endorsement from the Chicago-born rapper could pay dividends for Eniya.

Chance the Rapper's social activism has raised his profile in the city, especially after he donated $1 million to Chicago public schools in August and announced last month he would donate another $2 million.