As competitors for Chicago mayor's office start to kick their campaigns into gear, Rahm Emanuel is reported to make a key hire even as he gauges his electability.
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Rahm Emanuel’s potential bid to run for mayor of Chicago is gaining momentum as local media outlets here are reporting that he is working behind the scenes to gauge his electability against a crowded slate of competitors, some of whom are already starting to ramp up their campaigns.
One candidate, Chicago City Clerk Miguel del Valle, became the first to officially announce and to release a television ad that started airing this week on local cable stations.
Mr. Emanuel, President Obama's chief of staff, may not be on the ground in Chicago, but he is reported to be making calls and holding meetings with potential foes, both to form alliances and possibly to flex his strengths. The Chicago Sun-Times reported Friday he has hired Terry Peterson, the former board chairman of the Chicago Transit Authority who ran Mayor Richard Daley’s campaign four years ago.
US Rep. Danny Davis, who is also preparing to run for the mayor's office, told the Chicago Tribune a meeting at Emanuel’s request took place between the two men on Tuesday. “I got the impression it is very likely he is going to do this,” Mr. Davis said, who added that they talked about the types of campaign each wanted to run and about their shared interest to “keep the city as harmonized as possible.”
If Emanuel chooses to run, the Nov. 22 deadline is approaching to submit at least 12,500 signatures to get him on the ballot. Most candidates submit twice that amount, political observers say, to account for the high volume of signatures that will inevitably be thrown out for various reasons.