Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Tuesday he will not seek re-election to a third term.
“From the bottom of my heart, thank you, and God bless you,” Emanuel said, as he ended a City Hall news conference.
Just last week, Emanuel, along with other candidates for mayor, had begun circulating nominating petitions to gather the 12,500 signatures he would have needed to get on the ballot.
Emanuel had 1,400 volunteers — including Democratic ward committeemen, labor and community leaders — passing his petitions.
But even though he had been raising money, gathering signatures and putting a campaign infrastructure in place, Emanuel never formally declared his candidacy for a third term.
Contributing: Rachel Hinton, Fran Spielman
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September 4, 2018 at 11:00AM