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CHICAGO — A group of young Chicagoans launched an online effort with one goal in mind: convincing popular Chicago artist Chance the Rapper to run for mayor in 2019.

Chance hasn’t said he would run for office, but the slickly-designed website and Twitter account @chano4mayor2k19 use the artist’s own lyrics to make the case for him to do so.

There’s even this from his 2015 song “Somewhere in Paradise:” “They say I’m savin’ my city, say I’m stayin’ for good. They screamin’ Chano for mayor, I’m thinkin’ maybe I should.”

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One of the site’s founders, 23-year-old Bea Malsky said she and three friends worked on the website for weeks because they appreciate the love Chance shows for his hometown, and agree with the political statements in his songs.

“We all believe that if he did run, he’d have a very good chance of winning, and that any hint of a mayoral campaign from Chance will get young people in Chicago involved in the election,” she said by email.

Even beyond his songs, the rapper hasn’t shied away from the political arena. He recently met with Gov. Bruce Rauner to discuss funding for Chicago Public Schools, and after saying he was unhappy with what he heard, helped to raise over $2 million for the district.

If he decided to run, Chance would also be campaigning against his father’s former employer. Ken Bennett once served as a top aide to Mayor Emanuel. And if he were to win, at 25 years old on election day, Chance would be the youngest mayor to ever head a major city.