Many people thought Chance the Rapper would announce he’s running for mayor of Chicago when he appeared at City Hall Tuesday. Instead, he revealed he’s endorsing a candidate — Chicago lawyer and community activist Amara Enyia.
“The one person in my research of this wide-open race that’s views align with me, would obviously be, candidate Amara Enyia,” Chance said.
When Chance tweeted on Monday, “Im thinkin maybe I should,” many people speculated that he’d announce he was running for mayor. He was actually repeating a line from his 2015 song, “Somewhere in Paradise,” where he raps, “They screaming Chano for mayor, I’m thinking maybe I should.”
Chance explained why he’s backing Enyia.
“We haven’t had anybody that is truly an activist,” he said. “Somebody that’s going to be active in office. So if you’re afraid of change you’re probably not going to vote for Amara, but if you’re willing to see what this city could be, then you will vote for Amara.”
The rapper believes that Enyia will make a difference for Chicagoans. “I wanna work with somebody that’s about change. Somebody that’s about our community. Somebody that’s about equity. Somebody that’s about fairness,” Chance said.
Born Chancelor Jonathan Bennett, the rapper is a native of Chicago and is involved in several charitable efforts in the city. In March, Chance pledged one million dollars to the Chicago Public Schools system. Last week, he pledged a million dollars to fund mental health services in Chicago.
By the wau, Chance’s father, Ken Bennett, is supporting another candidate, Toni Preckwinkle.
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