Rahm Emanuel is set to formally kick off his campaign for mayor of Chicago this weekend — and the former White House chief of staff will have some company. Emanuel will announce his not-so-secret candidacy on Saturdayat Coonley Elementary School on Chicago’s North Side. Emanuel helped secure funding for the school when he was a congressman. Rep. Danny Davis, D-Ill., has a campaign event scheduled for Sunday.
He is the choice of a group of African-American leaders known as the Chicago Coalition for Mayor. Davis is ready for “one of those David versus Goliath situations.” A poll in September in the Chicago Sun-Times showed a wide-open race to replace Mayor Richard Daley, with 35% undecided. “That means any candidate has the opportunity to go out and win the hearts of voters,” said Davis, who was first elected to Congress in 1996. Davis gets to stay in the House as he runs for mayor. Former U.S. senator and ambassador Carol Moseley Braun is also eyeing the mayor’s race, whose field is likely to include Cook County and Chicago officials.