Chance the Rapper Announces Endorsement of Amara Enyia for Chicago's Mayor

Lawrence Kim
October 17, 2018

Prior to making the announcement, the hip hop star, who has become increasingly involved in Chicago politics, drew widespread speculation when he posted on Twitter that he would be holding a press conference at City Hall. The rapper pulled up to City Hall to make the announcement while welcoming Eniya with a big hug after he introduced her as the person he's backing. "But if you are willing to see what this city could be, then you will vote for Amara". Notably, Chance told Ebony past year that he'd never run for office, but these things tend to change.

Enyia is director of the Austin Chamber of Commerce.

While the line may seem innocuous, Rolling Stone magazine reports that it's a reference to a 2015 track titled "Somewhere In Paradise", in which he talks about running for mayor. The 25-year-old Grammy-winning musician and activist endorsed Amara Enyia, a lawyer, policy consultant and community activist who announced her candidacy in August. "I probably won't ever be running for mayor of this city". He bought the news website Chicagoist, raising eyebrows given the way his management once bullied the journalists at MTV News. But I believe that me and Amara share a vision on what Chicago could be. He told reporters, "If I back you you have a chance" - pun intended, we presume. He has also donated millions of dollars to the Chicago public schools and recently went undercover as a Lyft driver to raise money for arts education programs in city schools. The outlet added that candidate would not be County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, which would put Chance in opposition to his own father, Ken Williams-Bennett, who formerly worked for President Barack Obama and current Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

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