Chance The Rapper May Run For Chicago Mayor
Chance The Rapper may be going full speed ahead with his political aspirations. On Monday he tweeted two messages that alluded to him potentially running for Chicago Mayor. Earlier in the day, he tweeted:
Im thinkin maybe I should
In a second message he announced that he was holding a press conference regarding the Chicago Mayoral Election.
Chance’s father worked for Barack Obama as a presidential appointee and as an aide. His father also worked on the Obama presidential campaign in 2008 and is an aide to Rahm Emanuel. Despite his family’s ties to the Democratic Party, Bennett is an independent voter, though he has a history of supporting Democrats.
In November 2014, he was named Chicago’s Outstanding Youth of the Year by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. He hosted open mic nights in collaboration with Chicago Public Library, twenty two open mic nights were hosted, one of which drew the attendance of Vic Mensa and Kanye West.
In December 2015, Chance joined with nonprofit “Warmest Winter 2016” in giving coats and other clothing to homeless citizens of Chicago. He was able to raise $117,571. Chance has actively fought to combat gun violence in his hometown of Chicago and in 2014, along with his father, promoted the “#SaveChicago” campaign. The campaign sought to stop gun violence over Memorial Day Weekend, and saw Chicago go 42 straight hours without a shooting. He met with President Obama at the White House on April 16, 2016, to discuss My Brother’s Keeper Challenge, an initiative of the United States Federal Government to promote intervention by civic leaders in the lives of young men of color to address their unique challenges and to promote racial justice, with other musicians, including Alicia Keys, Busta Rhymes, Janelle Monáe, J. Cole, and others. He started a Twitter campaign for May 23, 2016 using #May23 to stop gun violence for 42 hours.
On March 6, 2017, after a meeting with Governor Bruce Rauner that did not go well only days before, Chance announced his intention to donate $1,000,000 to Chicago Public Schools in order to help offset the lack of government funding provided. Following this, a movement arose to try and inspire him to run for mayor of Chicago.