FANS HAVE launched a petition urging Grammy Award-winning Chance the Rapper to run for mayor of Chicago.
The Chano4Mayor2k19 campaign seeks to have the record-breaking Coloring Book rapper take on incumbent Rahm Emanuel in 2019.
On the chano4mayor.com site, fans write, “Hey Chance, We think you’d be a great mayor. We love your music — we’ve been following your career from the first 10 days. We also love the work you’ve done to give back to the city that raised you. You represent Chicago on the world stage and you do us proud… We think if you ran, you would win. And if you won, you would do a good ass job. … You’d send a message that Chicago is ready for a new generation of leadership.”
The address for the site, which was launched on April 2 by a group of fans, is inspired by Chance’s song Somewhere in Paradise’ where he raps: “they say I’m savin’ my city, say I’m stayin’ for good/ They screamin’ Chano for mayor, I’m thinkin’ maybe I should.”
Fans also cite a number of failures during Mayor Emmanuel’s tenure, which include the closure of 50 public schools, the shutdown of six of Chicago’s 12 mental health clinics and the Department of Justice finding a pattern of civil rights violations by the Chicago Police Department.
“It’s time for change,” they say.
Their call comes in the wake of Chance’s $1 million donation to Chicago’s public schools. The rapper also opened the Chance Art And Literature Fund and met with the Governor of Illinois Bruce Rauner to discuss Chicago’s education system.