Chance the Rapper not running for Chicago mayor; endorses Amara Enyia

CHICAGO -- Chance the Rapper announced at City Hall on Tuesday that he is not running for mayor of Chicago, and instead endorsed Amara Enyia.

The 25-year-old Grammy winner endorsed Enyia, the director of the Austin Chamber of Commerce. Chance, whose real name is Chancelor Bennett, touted his shared goals for the city with Enyia in empowering the impoverished.

A voter registration push is planned, and Chance predicts the highest 18 to 25-year-old turnout in Chicago history.

Chance’s endorsement is at odds with his own father, Ken Bennett, who is chair of Toni Preckwinkle’s mayoral campaign.

In a statement, the Cook County Board President said she respected Chance’s commitment to the city and willingness to use his platform to express his opinion.

Chance said he views himself as a political strategist who probably won't ever run for mayor.

The mayoral election will be held on Feb. 26.

You can read more about Enyia and other Chicago mayoral candidates at wgntv.com/mayor.